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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. 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

  2. Sharon Powell says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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