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Attitudes on birthdays In the early church, birthdays (in general) were not seen as something to celebrate. For example, in Origen's 8th homily on Leviticus he writes: But the saints not only do not celebrate a festival on their birth days, but, filled with the Holy Spirit, they curse that day. According to an article by Andrew McGowan (Bible Review, ...


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If Christians were left to celebrating sacred events on days where no other pagan celebration has ever occurred, there would be no days available for Christian celebrations. So, on a day where some people at a certain time celebrated the birth of a god that never existed, Christians (Catholic and Protestant) choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus the ...


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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 ...


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Potential dup (or near question) Christmas on December 25th Regardless, the information there (and in its sources) help form an answer to your question. December has carried significant "spiritual" weight throughout humanity, probably attached to the Winter Solstice. In addition to the things that you've mentioned, the traditional date for the purification ...


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Thanksgiving is actually an American holiday, not a Christian one. Valentine's Day is also American (but there is a Saint Valentine sometimes associated with the holiday, though I don't often see him associated with the day at Church very often). In any case, Christianity certainly allows people to celebrate secular holidays, so long as it does not conflict ...


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Nature worship is considered grave matter (i.e. sinful) because of the first commandment no gods before Me. Barring that traditions, patriotism and culture are compatible with Christian living. Christianity grew up out of tradition and takes its form in the various parts of the earth because of the local traditions. That being said, follow your ...


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The first Christians were Jewish. In fact, Christianity is really "fulfilled" Judaism, in that the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies are found in Jesus. So, Jewish Christians (or Messianic Jews) celebrate Jewish holidays today and always have--even from the time of Christ. There is no prohibition to non-Jewish believers regarding the celebration of ...



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