The Bible’s answer
The Bible doesn’t provide the date of Jesus’ birth, nor does it say that we should celebrate his birthday. As McClintock and Strong’s cyclopaedia states: “The observance of Christmas isn’t of divine appointment, neither is it of NT [New Testament] origin.”
Instead, an examination of the history of Christmas exposes its roots in pagan religious rites. The Bible shows that we offend God if we attempt to worship him in a manner that he doesn’t approve of.—Exodus 32:5-7.
History of Christmas customs
Celebrating Jesus’ birthday: “The early Christians didn’t celebrate [Jesus’] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”—The World Book encyclopaedia.
December 25: there’s no proof that Jesus was born on that date. Church leaders possible chose this date to coincide with pagan festivals stayed or around the winter solstice.
Gift-giving, feasting, partying: The encyclopaedia Americana says: “Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for several of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, as an example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and also the burning of candles.” The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that “all work and business were suspended” throughout Saturnalia.
Christmas lights: according to the encyclopaedia of faith, Europeans decorated their homes “with lights and evergreens of all kinds” to celebrate the solstice and to combat evil spirits.
Mistletoe, holly: “The Druids ascribed magic properties to the mistletoe particularly. The evergreen holly was worshiped as a promise of the sun’s return.”—The encyclopaedia Americana.
Christmas tree: “Tree worship, common among the pagan Europeans, survived after their conversion to Christianity.” one among the ways within which tree worship survived is in the custom of “placing a yule tree at an entrance or within the house in the period holidays.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.