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Q:

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


A:

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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97 Comments

  1. Marsha says:

    Just searching comments about Christmas trees. I am in agreement with your comments. My daughter gas gotten into the Hebrew Roots Movement and stopped celebrating Christmas and Easter. Her children are no longer allowed to have a Christmas tree or Christmas. They have been taken from the Church of God they have attended most of their life and taken to this HRM church. They say they are Jews from the Tribe of Ephriam. They are confused and angry. Please pray for them.

  2. maggie says:

    I don’t bother with a Christmas tree as I live alone and my kids are adults, I have family but not caring enough to bother about me so not worth bothering with a tree as I live alone and see nobody

  3. Freda M. Daniels says:

    Thank you for helping me to understand the truth about the Christmas tree.

  4. Katie Murdaugh says:

    I was speaking to someone about the Christmas tree. He said that this is not what Christians should be doing because it is a pagan tradition. He further said that Christ never said we should celebrate His birthday.

  5. Rosa says:

    Why do people have to post insulting words? I’m sure Jesus wouldn’t want us to do it – no wonder the world is in such a state. I thought your article was excellent!

  6. Diane Smih says:

    Thank you for this info about Christmas trees.

  7. Cyrus johnson says:

    Great, thank you much for the information. it’s good to have a place to go other than the Bible to receive quick information. thanks again.

  8. Penny J. Vermilya says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you

  9. Geri Maloney says:

    I feel that the whole part of Christmas that is everything but the remembrance that Christ was born to pay the debt we could not pay is a waste of time and money. It seems that people spent more time on all the “trimmings of Christmas” then doing the important thing, like spending lots of time in pray and worship. Maybe this is why there is more drinking, depression, anger, frustration, etc. lots of people have there priorities wrong. May the love, joy, hope and peace of Christ be with you!

  10. Gilbert says:

    “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.” Whose suggestions are these? Do we have to live out of imaginations? Any verses for those suggestions?