Then.... I became a Christian! Until I left home Christmas remained the same. And of course Easter was about easter eggs in every shape, size and form.
But as the years went on and being out of the parental home, being a young wife in a Christian home, and then a Christian mom to little ones my view of Christmas changed! So now, yes I love the tree and twinkly lights because of all my fond childhood memories. I still hang up stockings for my teens (smiley face). But I've modified it. The tree frames the nativity scene (which I knitted myself - yeah baby). We choose to see the gift giving as a celebration of the birth of Christ our Lord and Saviour! We make sure the purpose of Christmas is a celebration of Christ and not just a gift giving holiday.
And Easter! the focus is so much different now. All about God's amazing grace, His miraculous power, and His boundless love for us.
Now, what is the point I'm trying to make?
Rom 14 v 5-6(a): One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. (6a) He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.
I am learning I can't convince anyone of my beliefs and convictions. God is the only One who convicts us. Those spiritual "light bulb" moments come when God speaks into your heart, not when someone else tells you your way is wrong or my way is right!
We are not to judge others for what or how they do things. We are to seek God and ask Him to search out our own hearts (Ps 139 v 23) and follow as He leads us.
So if you celebrate Christmas with a tree or without, if you celebrate it at all, or not, so long as you are doing it as unto the Lord and are fully convinced - we should not be judging each other either way. Its between you and God ONLY!
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