What does the word Christmas mean? It means “the mass for Christ." It is also the day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The chosen date for Jesus' birth is quite arbitrary since the Bible does not tell the actual day He was born. It's also not celebrated on the same day as Christians in the US.
For instance, Greek and Russian Orthodox celebrate Christmas on January 7th. Roman Bishop Pope Leo I (440-461), made the choice to celebrate this holiday because it coincided with the Festival of the Saturnalia, when Romans worshipped Saturn, the sun god. They worshipped Saturn in mid December and Pope Leo did not want the birth of Jesus to distract Romans who worshipped the sun god. We celebrate Christmas in remembrance and in honor of the Son of God, who is also the Son of man. His birth was intentional and purposed. It serves a reflection of the love of God. The holy birth of Jesus Christ was God's gift to the world.
Some say Christmas is a pagan holiday and that true Christians shouldn't celebrate it. The way I see it, paganism is anything that has nothing to do with Jesus. The Bible, the living Word of God, has Jesus as the centerpiece. His name Immanuel means God is with us! Therefore, I don't see anything wrong with celebrating the human life of the One who was born to die for me. His birth was necessary and significant! This to me, is why we celebrate Christmas, because of the greatest gift we will be given! Isaiah 9:6: "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Merry CHRISTmas to you! May the Light of the Lord Jesus shine throughout your life! #Christmas #Jesus #Immanuel #Messiah #Holiday #GodIsWithUs #Celebration