Christmas Tradition…

...or Celebration.

One could make an honest argument that the Christmas traditions are also a celebration. Many are. Santa Claus? Rudolph? Mistletoe?

The celebration is the birth of Jesus, Savior of the world. Some Christian celebrations have been reduced to tradition. That can be a problem:

Matthew 15:1-6 (NIV)
1  Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
2  “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3  Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
4  For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’
5  But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’
6  he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
If tradition is a good habit for celebration of the birth of Jesus, you’ll be fine.

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