“Is it wrong to say ‘Xmas’ instead of ‘Christmas’?”……There are many who view the word Xmas as part of an overall “War on Christmas” (See explanation below)They view it as a blatant attempt to take Christ out of Christmas. While it is undeniable that some use Xmas in that manner, the actual origin of the […]

“How should Christians respond to the “War on Christmas”?”……Answer: Many people perceive that there is a concerted effort to eliminate the word "Christmas" from public discourse-sort of a "war on Christmas." The stories seem to be coming more frequently: a grade-school choir sings "We Wish You a Happy Holiday" instead of "We Wish You a […]

Christmas gifts should we give Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down fromthe Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.James 1:17 In the days of the Bible, times of great joy were often accompanied by the giving of gifts, one to another (e.g., Nehemiah […]

“Do some Christmas traditions have pagan origins?”……Answer: There is no doubt that some of what we now refer to as Christmas traditions can be traced back, in some form, to pagan cultures and celebrations. The ringing of bells, for example, is generally thought to have had its origin in the early pagan winter celebration of […]

“Should we give gifts at Christmas?”……Answer: Many people take the idea of gift giving at Christmas back to the scripture in Matthew 2:10-11 which talks about the Magi (wise men) giving gifts to Jesus at his home: “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with […]

“Should Christians celebrate Christmas?”……Answer: The debate about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas has been raging for centuries. There are equally sincere and committed Christians on both sides of the issue, each with multiple reasons why or why not Christmas should be celebrated in Christian homes. But what does the Bible say? Does the […]

“Should a Christian celebrate Hanukkah (Christmaskah)?”……Answer: Chanukkah (or Hanukkah) is the Jewish Festival of Dedication, also known as the “Festival of Lights." It is an eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which typically falls in November or December on our calendar. Although this Jewish festival in not mentioned […]