Forgive me in advance for offending. But, if I stated it once, I’ve stated it twice, for those who care or need to know, as a Born-Again Believer of YESHUA, Jesus Christ, baptized of water and spirit, I, MINISTER VALERIE ALLEN, Founder & CEO of Here We Are To Worship Ministries, never choose to partake in Commercialized, Paganism, Worldwide, Christian Holidays, of any kind, during any occasion; whereas, I do not market, promote and participate in said activities and events, nor do I choose to sugar coat the TRUTH and counteract and substitute it with activities and events as an Evangelism Marketing Tool, in the name of The LORD, to promote salvation (win souls); when we are (I am) commissioned: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", in season and out.
And, I certainly do not believe putting Christ back into Christmas when Christmas is not about Christ, "it's just about money and not Christ", says The Lord; moreover, in as much as I would, why not consider hosting annual communion services / community events, etc. in the name of LORD, instead of Traditional Holidays? Or yet, honor and respect Holy Days of The LORD, as Christ Fulfills The Law: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."
More to the point, although it’s True, we cannot acknowledge Yeshua’s (Jesus Christ’s) death without His Birth: "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace", however, Yeshua (a Jew on earth) not once referenced His birth, but rather instructed the disciples to remember and pay tribute to His death, burial and resurrection: "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes"; known as PASSOVER (PESACH).
Furthermore, what does exchanging gifts, including TOY DRIVES – "TOYS FOR TOTS" (going broke and in debt, most often) have to do with the Birth of Christ? How does "giving gifting" counteract and represent The GREATEST GIFT OF ALL? What True meaning is that to THE LORD?
Well...I firmly believe, "new life" is without question, the greatest gift anyone can give to The LORD: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
No doubt, the way of the righteous and the and of the ungodly: "Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night."
-Psalms 1:1-2. Isaiah 8:6. Matthew 5:17-20. Matthew 28:19. Romans 10:9-10.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26.