QUESTION: Someone told me that Christmas was a pagan holiday and that Christians should not celebrate on December 25, because we do not know on which day the Savior was really born. Is it a sin to partake in Christmas celebrations?

ANSWER: It is never a sin to rejoice in God’s gift of salvation through the Messiah. How we remember his coming is more important than when we choose to remember. If the primary aspect of our celebration is reverent and worshipful and brings glory to God, it can only be pleasing to him.

Since we do not know for certain on which day Jesus was really born (although some have devised elaborate theories on the subject), we can assume that maybe he was born on December 25. Admittedly, the odds are 364 to 1, but until we have a better date, celebrating on December 25 beats not celebrating at all and missing the opportunity of telling others in a dramatic and memorable way why he came. Besides, Jesus is Lord of the whole calendar. Why give away the day to the pagans?