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Reasons Why Jehovah's Witnesses Do Not Celebrate Christmas

Festivities surrounding Christmas will shortly get underway. A lot of Christians have been waiting for this day, so naturally they're going to party like it's their birthday. Some groups choose to celebrate Christmas without exchanging gifts at all, while others may go into debt to shower their loved ones with expensive presents.

On December 25, Christians around will celebrate Christ's birth. Contrarily, many self-identified Jehovah's Witnesses would disagree. Reasons why you won't find many Jehovah's Witnesses at a holiday party include the following:

Whether or not December 25 should be celebrated as Jesus' birthday is a hotly contested topic.

Jehovah's Witnesses, as stated on their website, JW.org, are not in agreement that Jesus was born on December 25. Since it is not recorded in the Bible, his birthdate is not commemorated.

1. They reject Christmas as the day Jesus was born.

Even though some Christians may disagree, Jehovah's Witnesses hold that Christmas, with its pagan roots, is not sanctioned by God. Two Corinthians 6:17 is cited as proof of this:

Therefore, avoid their company and avoid mixing with them; touch nothing unclean and I will welcome you, says the Lord.

Second, they say that Christmas isn't recognized by God.

That Jesus commanded his followers to commemorate his death rather than his birth is another reason why Jehovah's Witnesses do not observe Christmas. Luke 22:19–20:

He then broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."

At the Passover dinner, Jesus took a cup, dipped it in the cup of bitter water, and stated, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you." However, the apostle Paul did not participate in this observance.

Last but not least, Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate Christmas since, in their view, neither did Jesus' original disciples or apostles.

The fact that Jehovah's Witnesses don't look down on Christians who celebrate Christmas is one of the many reasons I respect them.

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