So here are some thoughts I've come up with (or heard).
*While its true the Bible does not specifically tell us or command us to observe the birth of Christ ~ it also doesn't forbid it or command us not to. The birth of Christ was celebrated by Angels, Wise Men, and Shepherds in the New Testament books of Matthew & Luke. Gifts were brought and presented to the newborn King ~ our Savior.
*There are many celebrations we participate in yearly...our own birthdays, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, anniversaries etc. The Bible doesn't tell us to observe these either nor does it tell us not to observe them. We exchange gifts, send cards, plan special activities & eat yummy food associated with these days ~ so why not at the birth of Christ. Are we elevating ourselves, our society, our wants above God by doing this but refusing to even acknowledge "his birth"? (And I know he wasn't born on Dec. 25th, most likely it was in the fall immediately after the harvest so the people did have the money to pay their taxes)
*Many are regarding the celebration of Christmas as idolatry. And it can definitely be that but it doesn't have to be, thats our own decision ~ the dept. stores aren't holding guns to our heads to make us buy stuff we don't need or can afford ~ we do that to ourselves. No one is making you say yes to every invitation that comes your way or expecting you to bake 75 fruit cakes ~ we are doing that to ourselves. I am guilty of all the above (well, not the fruit cakes).
*We daily struggle with Sin. We are all guilty of the sins of pride, gluttony, covetousness, wanting our own way, insisting we are right & everyone else is wrong. We all need to bow before our Holy & Righteous Father and ask for His forgiveness & His guidance in our lives. Lets base our decisions on what the Lord reveals to us through His Word and time spent with Him ~ not on mans imperfect thoughts & interpretations of the Scripture. We all sin an.d we all fall short of the glory of God (daily).
I received the following poem on a Christmas card this weekend that I would like to share...
God Sent Us a Savior
It our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have set us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness,
So God sent us a Savior.
I pray we will all remember in all the debating and presenting our own opinions that we cover everything we do and say with prayer & guidance from our Heavenly Father.