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Does the Bible say that it is wrong to have a Christmas tree?


We understand your concerns about the use of the Christmas tree. Some have indicated that this practice is wrong because of the words in Jeremiah 10:1-5. These verses, however, do not apply to Christmas trees, but they do condemn the idolatry practiced in Jeremiah’s day. God’s people were following the customs of the heathen who cut down trees, shaped the wood into idols, decorated them with silver and gold ornaments, and worshiped them as gods.

It is important that we keep Christ central and our worship of Him unhindered in our observance of Christmas. However, we do not believe it is unbiblical to have a Christmas tree lighted and decorated in the home or the church. It has been suggested that the branches of the tree pointing upward can signify praise to God. The star at the top can represent the star of Bethlehem. Also, the green of the evergreens has been recognized as symbolic of eternal life, God’s gift to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  1. sally says:

    I don’t think decorating a Christmas tree is wrong. In my house it is viewed simply as a fun tradition to add beauty to our home during the holiday season. In my mind it is no different that decorating your home any other way. It’s no different than having a vase of flowers on the table or house plants or knick knacks or any other thing that people decorate their house with. It is not an object of worship, neither is a nativity or manger scene. They are just objects of decoration and not the object of worship in my house.

  2. Seth French says:

    I have recently come to the conclusion that how my family and I have been observing Christmas is just plan “heathen like”. If you look at how Christmas came into a traditional holiday, you would be amazed. It is rooted in pagan practices. People can say all day long that Christ is in their Christmas celebrations, but they’re probably kidding themselves. I want to do celebrations that God has approved and stay away from the ones that are rooted in Paganism. It won’t be easy, I will probably grieve this Christmas season because I was brought up in it.

    1. Marc says:

      Great comment. As God says, do not practice what they are doing or what seems to be right to them. 2 Cor. 6:16-18

    2. Watchman says:

      Yes this is very true, that is why Yahweh, has His appointed Feast days for us….

  3. Brenda Briggs-Johnson says:

    Thank you for this answer.

  4. judy fisher says:

    how do you explain Christmas in that it was originated from a pagan worship related to winter soltace? where in the bible does it say we should celebrate christmas or easter? why do we not celebrate the feasts that the bible indicates?

  5. Mark Kinney says:

    The bible is clear on this it is a idol G-D said so! And G-D word is TRUE!!!

  6. Linda Spangler says:

    Thank you for your comment on this issue! I live for the Lord and I do not worship a tree but I do observe Christmas and I do decorate a tree

  7. Sharon Powell says:

    I am so glad you have answered this question for me and my sister. Thank you so much.

  8. Janell Wells says:

    I believe that in Jeremiah 10:1-5 it is talking about the Christmas tree also I believe that Christian should not learn the way of the heathen as Jeremiah say and we should teach our children about Jeremiah 10:1-5 and explain it to them. Although he was talking to Israel but I believe it is for the Christians today.

    1. Bwil says:

      I agree. Nothing in the Bible is irrelevant to us today! Believing that there were parts that didn’t apply to us is a trick of the enemy.

  9. Joni Runyon says:

    We are Pastors in Tooele Utah. This subjet has some in our church concerned. Thank you for addressing this. Thank you for the impact you had in my life at 13 years old. More than 40 years ago. Thank you for sharing Jesus and His grace and truth. Forever grateful