Jehovah's Witnesses Lift Ban On Christmas Celebration Since It No Longer Resembles True Holiday
For years many people have bemoaned the fact that Christmas, in becoming more commercialized and consumeristic, is less of a sacred celebration, and in fact, no more a holiday… or holy day.
This has caused the Jehovah’s Witnesses to remove their ban on celebrating Christmas. An article in the latest Watchtower magazine entitled “Is Christmas Actually A Holy Day?” explains…
“As you know, we Jehovah’s Witnesses have in place a ban on celebrating holidays. No Easter. No Independence Day. No Groundhog Day. No birthdays. And until now, no Christmas. But it has become obvious to us, as it has to the broader culture, that Christmas is no longer a holy day in any sense of the phrase. Society couldn’t explain one thing about the Christmas story. Churches are now ringing in the season with Santa Claus. And “Dirty Santa” games are the highlight of most Christmas parties. With all of that in mind, we, the leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses do remove Christmas from the list of banned holy day celebrations, and authorize the purchase of toys and eating of sweets on Christmas as you may do on any other day."
The article advised the members to go door to door telling their neighbors about the change of position.