Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Why We Don't Have a Christmas Tree

Nope, we don’t put up a Christmas tree.  Have not had one for at least 8 years.  As my family can attest, I tried for many years to get into that tradition, to no avail. And, no, we are not Jehovah’s witness. First, I don’t like many things made of plastic, just too fake,so the artificial trees were out. I even tried to make a tree out of PVC (admittedly it was very artsy!).  Then, I never saw the wisdom of buying a dead tree just to throw it out a month later. I tried the living Christmas trees, but they either died or were eaten by goats. I started to ask myself, what is the root reason why I don’t get excited about Christmas trees, or any decorations for that matter. I read Jeremiah 10:3,4

“For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

Ouch! What is the purpose of the tree? I saw it as materialism and a distraction from Jesus. We decorate the trees all pretty and then bow before them to put our gifts under. Sounds a little too much like idolatry to me, and vanity. It was not pointing to Jesus. So why have it? Now before you go all crazy on me, I am not judging you and your tree if you so choose to have one, just telling you why we don’t have one. Now, if you can convince me by Scripture why I should have one, let’s talk!