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Following-up to these previous questions, why do some traditions not celebrate the birth and death (or, more accurately, His resurrection) of Christ as "official" church "events"?

I understand that celebrating the Communion Table is a celebration of Jesus death - but why not celebrate His birth and resurrection, too, in a "special" way (ie beyond just celebrating His resurrection every Sunday by that being the the church comes together for worship)?

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I don't know about Easter, but Christmas was an invented date, made to roughly coincide with winter solstice in north hemisphere, what was a celebratory date to most rural pagan cultures (the victory of sun over winter: after this solstice, daytime increases while nighttime decreases). This was made so to facilitate conversion of other cultures in the early days of Christianity. –  lvella Dec 2 '11 at 19:03
    
Easter is clearly an "invented date" as well, since it changes every year. –  Flimzy Dec 2 '11 at 20:39
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@Flimzy. Easter doesn't move around. At all. It just follows a lunar calendar rather than a solar one. –  TRiG Jan 1 '12 at 21:58
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@TRiG: That's an oversimplification. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (Source). The date is based on both the lunar and solar calendars (aka lunisolar calendar). But you are right that it's not a strictly (or at least not recently) "made up date", as it follows the same rules used in Ancient Judaism for the date of passover. –  Flimzy Jan 4 '12 at 0:38
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Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate Christmas because of the pagan origins of many of our current customs. They cover this in several articles on their site. A search of their site returns many, but here is the first. They also reject several other holidays, citing similar reasons.

Several other denominations have similar beliefs, and even within denominations that largely celebrate holidays, there are those with personal convictions about various aspects of holidays and refuse to celebrate to one degree or another. It's not always a traditional boundary, since most denominations agree that Christianity isn't about rules and regulations, but rather about a relationship with Christ, and His saving grace.

Using a couple of personal examples, I come from a Baptist Church, and most of us celebrate Christmas, have Christmas trees, etc. However, there are some in my own Church that refuse to have the trees. I personally don't like telling the kids about Santa Claus because I don't want them questioning whether they can trust me to tell the truth.

Note, that last paragraph was included as an example of personal convictions, not an endorsement or indictment of any person's choice to celebrate in whatever way they see fit.

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There's also tradition. Christmas is spreading, but until relatively recent times it was a normal working day in Scotland. –  TRiG Feb 28 '12 at 16:42
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