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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. Philip mills says:

    Thank for the information. Bless you.

  2. ROY WILLIAMS says:

    The Word of God says anything we love more than God is our idol—our car, house, money, etc. Not only the Christmas tree. Read Jeremiah 44:2-6 and Colossians 3:5-7. Think about it friends. God bless you.

  3. Jack Neild says:

    Thanks. I like the reference of the branches giving praise!

  4. Ferri plummer says:

    Good to know. Very good information.

  5. Marlene says:

    Thank you for the explanation because my son and I are at odds about displaying a Christmas tree. He says that it is idolism of pagan god holidays. Have a blessed New Year!