Are Christmas trees idols? Some believe that putting up a Christmas tree is idolatrous (cf. Jeremiah 10:2-4). I disagree. Jesus is in the business of redemption, and even if Christmas trees used to be pagan idolatrous symbols, they have been redeemed by Jesus, just like you and me and everything else Jesus touches.
Was Jesus born in a barn? Or a stable? Or a cave? No, probably not. We get this idea from Christmas carols, artwork, and other stories, but the Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus do not indicate that He was born in a stable, a barn, or a cave. Instead, He was most likely born in a house.
Someone left a one-star review of Christmas Redemption on Amazon. He accuses me of leading Christians into idol worship the way Aaron led the Israelites. But I am doing the exact opposite of what Aaron did. He took the things of God and gave credit to a golden calf. I am taking the things of Saturn and giving credit to Whom they really belong – Jesus Christ.
Christmas Redemption is not a romance novel. There is another book with the same title on Amazon which is a romance novel. Don’t confuse the two! My version of Christmas Redemption is about how Christians can (and should) celebrate what used to be the pagan holiday of Saturnalia. It is no longer Saturnalia, however, because the holiday has been redeemed by Jesus Christ. So feel free to put up lights, give out gifts, decorate Christmas trees, and even teach your kids about Santa Claus.
Jesus has redeemed Christmas. Just as Jesus redeems us, He also redeems the cultural elements and traditions that surround us, including our holidays. Christmas Redemption look at some of the symbolism and traditions of Christmas, including gifts, the Christmas tree, and even Santa Claus and showing how all of these can be celebrated and enjoyed by Christians as a true and accurate reflection of the Gospel.
Most Christian holidays began as pagan holidays. Is this a reason to not celebrate them? Only if you don’t believe in grace and redemption. But if you do, then there is a lot to be learned from pagan holidays, and a lot of joy and festivity to be celebrated.