It’s Christmas time again and many people are wondering why some Christians are lighting Menorahs instead of putting up Christmas Trees.
And – wow– I’ve been getting so many messages from sweet Moms asking if I could share our journey towards the Biblical Feasts and Celebrations. There is no possible way I can personally respond to each friend with the love, care, and detail they deserve, so, I thought I would do one big response right here.
In our home we have been led to embrace the Biblical Feasts and Celebrations in place of traditional holidays.
It has been a whirlwind, crazy, wonderful journey that we are still figuring out every day. It hasn’t been easy and we are still struggling through what it looks like to walk this out in the midst of our culture, with family, friends, grace, love, and obedience to what we feel the Lord is asking of us.
When you talk ‘Biblical Holidays’ what many people think about is giving up Christmas and Easter. WHAT? Christians that feel led to let go of CHRISTMAS and EASTER? Yes. Stay with me.
So, when you are a follower of Christ and don’t do Advent, set up a Christmas Tree, display a nativity scene, hang a wreath, or talk about Baby Jesus in the Manger with your kids this time of year… you know, embrace the stuff that our culture says is ‘Christmas’… well, people really wonder why. (There’s a run-on sentence for you!)
And if you simply suggest that Christmas might not be all we think it is and you start asking what the roots of holidays like Easter might actually be?
Some people get really mad. Some are very confused. Most give you really weird looks. But then some? Some are ready and willing (craving?) to hear more about this different path that stirs their soul.
There is definitely something very special happening – a movement of believers towards the Biblical Holidays is growing every year.
My husband and I never set out on a journey to reject the traditions we grew up with – not in the slightest. I was (and still am) the biggest sucker for all things Christmas, so I get it!
It started with a simple comment from a blogging friend who casually mentioned her family doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
I was shocked – especially since they were bible believing Christians. I (honestly) chalked it up as her being super weird or maybe part of a strange sect or church and I almost forgot about her comment completely. That is, until another woman of God (now a dear and trusted friend) told me the SAME thing a year later.
The first comment had planted a seed, even though my reaction was of fear and ignorance (Oh, how I’m thankful for grace!). I immediately remembered the other lady’s comment and something clicked. I knew I needed to listen and my heart was instantly open to hearing. The second friend’s comment a year later met a softened heart, even though I had done NOTHING to soften it myself! By this, I mean, I wasn’t praying about this topic, reading about it, or ever thinking about it! I was just following God and living every day life. Praise God, He is always working in us…
So, my good friend Faith and I chatted for a few HOURS one afternoon about how God had led her and her family to the Biblical Feasts many years ago. She shared with a spirit of grace, humbleness, and love. Never once did I feel judged. I was in awe, shock, and a bit scared to be honest. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t really want to let go of Christmas. So, I prayed. And I asked for wisdom and clarity. And I spent countless hours reading and searching God’s word, researching the roots and origins of Christmas, Easter, and many of the traditions that have become the norm in modern churches. I think my husband thought I was slowly going crazy.
To say I was absolutely bewildered about my discoveries of the roots of “Christian” traditions is an understatement. Everything I thought I knew about the things I celebrated as a Christian was challenged and uprooted in a few short weeks.
And that’s the thing about letting go of man-made traditions. It’s not really that big of a deal when you realize that something SO MUCH BETTER is waiting for you! The appointed Feasts and Holy-days God gives us are far more powerful, prophetic, beautiful. Also, we are filled with joy because we stand firm in the truth that what we are celebrating honours God and follows what He has asked of us.
We continue to pray for open hearts and for the Spirit of God to move and His truth to be revealed.
The best way to describe it is this – as for us and our home, we will serve the Lord how we feel called to. We do, however, spend time at family celebrations because we love our families and feel that being present is much more important than making a statement. (You know what I mean.)
Over the past couple years, we’ve been moved to the core by so many new, God-honouring traditions. We enjoyed the beautiful and deeply spiritual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is when we celebrate the birth of Christ!
We’ve also embraced Passover instead of Easter. This rocked my world the first time I fully studied and grasped onto the overwhelming prophetic truth and power wrapped up in Passover! WOW.
We’ve celebrated Purim and we’ve embraced Hanukkah. Purim and Hanukkah are not appointed Feasts but I believe they are honouring to God. Purim is outlined in the book of Esther. Hanukkah is a beautiful, powerful celebration of God’s power and Christ as the Light of the World. There is so much information available about the history and prophetic significance of Hanukkah for Messianic believers. If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to keep seeking. Many theologians believe Christ Himself celebrated Hanukkah. (It will be referred to as the Feast of Dedication in your bible.)
So, this post is not filled with scriptural references or links to all the ‘roots of Christmas/Easter’ videos and articles because I truly believe these are things you can and will seek out yourself if the Lord is stirring your heart. All I can say is, if your heart is open and you are wanting to know the truth – start searching. Pray. Seek truth in your bible. Look into the roots of traditional holidays from a historical perspective. Look into the meaning and importance of God’s Feasts and Celebrations.
I know that as you do, the Lord will move in your life just as He’s done in ours.
And if you just think I’m absolutely crazy? That’s okay. Three years ago, I would have thought I was absolutely crazy too. I have nothing but love and peace for every one of you, my brothers and sisters.
And in the words of Paul from the Letter to the Philippians:
Links my past posts about the Biblical Holidays:
Peace and love to you.