Is Christmas a happy fiction—something good for Christians and their families even though Jesus Christ was not really born on December 25? Or is there something sinister about Christmas, which few realize, but which can do great damage if overlooked?
For hundreds of millions across the Western world today, Christmastime is a family time. Shiny new toys… colorful lights… festive decorations… a midnight visit from "jolly old Saint Nick"… family and friends gathered for a lavish meal. What could be more family-friendly than a Christmas celebration? And it is especially a time of fun for children! Nativity plays, Christmas carols—and of course waking up with great anticipation on Christmas morning, expecting to find gifts under the Christmas tree—are childhood memories cherished by countless millions. With its candy and sweets, colors and lights, songs and stories—and of course the gifts—today's Christmas traditions are designed to create powerful memories children will look back on fondly for the rest of their lives.
Why would any parents choose to deprive their children of these memories? Ask yourself: if you knew Christmas was actually unhealthful for your children—even hazardous to their spiritual health—would you continue to observe it?