By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics:


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.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.


  1. Jim says:

    Isn’t the real question, why do we celebrate Jesus’ birthday on a pagan holiday? Jesus wasn’t born on Dec. 25, this day was combined with a pagan holiday to appease the people of the time of Constantine. Trees, presents, and all the other stuff we do is celebrating us not Jesus. Let us research his birth and honor Him on a day set for Him not one that is shared with the pagan rituals we are told by God to not partake in. This can’t be denied in the Bible as instructions from God. Take the Bible for what it commands, not what we want it to say.