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Why Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses Celebrate Christmas?

Common misconceptions

Myth: the explanation why Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas is that they do not believe Jesus Christ.

Fact: we are Christians. We believe that salvation comes only through Jesus.—Acts 4:12.

Myth: You divide families by teaching members not to celebrate Christmas.

Fact: we care deeply about families, and we use the Bible to help build stronger families.

Myth: You miss out on the “Christmas spirit” of generosity, peace on earth, and goodwill toward men.

Fact: we try to be generous and peaceable each day. (Proverbs 11:25; Romans 12:18) as an example, the manner we conduct our meetings and preach is in harmony with Jesus’ instruction: “You received free, give free.” (Matthew 10:8) additionally, we direct attention to God’s Kingdom because the true hope for peace on earth.—Matthew 10:7.

Why don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate Christmas?

Jesus commanded that we commemorate his death, not his birth.—Luke 22:19, 20.

Jesus’ apostles and early disciples didn’t celebrate Christmas. The New Catholic encyclopaedia says that “the Nativity feast was instituted no prior to 243 [C.E.],” over a century after the last of the apostles died.

There is no proof that Jesus Christ was born on December 25; his birth date isn’t recorded within the Bible.

We believe that Christmas isn’t approved by God because it’s rooted in pagan customs and rites.—2 Corinthians 6:17.

Why make Christmas an issue?

Many still celebrate Christmas despite knowing about its pagan roots and lack of support from the Bible. Such persons may ask: Why should Christians take such an unpopular stance? Why make it an issue?

The Bible encourages us to think for ourselves, to use our “power of reason.” (Romans 12:1, 2) It teaches us to value the truth. (John 4:23, 24) so while we have an interest in how others view us, we adhere to Bible principles even if it means we become unpopular.

Although we choose not to celebrate Christmas ourselves, we respect every person’s right to make a decision for himself in this matter. We don’t interfere in the Christmas celebrations of others.



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