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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. Cody says:

    Our family was convicted in regards to putting up a Christmas tree a few years ago and we haven’t since. On Christmas morning kids are on their knees bowed down at the foot of a tree praising stuff. The true reason for the season is lost in those moments of chaos. Our convictions are ours and I do believe in sticking with what God leads your family to do. I’m not judging people who put up trees.

  2. Grayson says:

    My wife after 40 years of marriage says it is sinful to have a Christmas tree in our home.

  3. John Andrew Aurah says:

    Whenever you find you are doubting the Christmas tree, don’t use it. It is just to celebrate Christ and beautify the sanctuary and/or home. There is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.

  4. Albert Palmer says:

    Thank you! ✝

  5. Dorothy holmes says:

    Loved this article. Helped a lot.

  6. Neil boggs says:

    Was not aware of the implications of the “upward pointing branches, the evergreen being symbolic of eternal life, or even the star at the top symbolizing the star of David.”

  7. Alex Savacool says:

    Still idolatry because you are worshiping the works of your own hands in the place of worship of heavenly things.

  8. Sylvia says:

    Thank you so much. God bless you all. Thank God for this ministry. Hallelujah.

  9. Emilious Tarr says:

    It has also been suggested that the Christian faith usurped this practice so that the people would have fewer objections to adopting this new holiday that was taking the place of Samhain.

  10. Lillian Antoine says:

    I thank God for this ministry