Well God tells us that we do not have to celebrate religious rites, or hold ceremonies, but we can if we wish. And a tree is not an idol, we do not worship the tree, we worship God.
Christmas has always been a man made tradition to celebrate the birth of Jesus and contrary to all the fuss over it that it is a Pagan tradition, in the intent of what its intent is for it is not pagan.
Yes it did become commercialized and values of money and giving gifts overcame the truth of the purpose. That was step one, we are now in step two.
But the thing to be concerned about is it is another nail in the coffin to push God out of life. Let me repeat, it is another way to push God out of daily life. Do not dare you say one word with God or Christ in it or we will punish you.
I walk into a store and the music is playing and there is not one word about God or Christmas, it is now Happy Holiday. We have allowed the immigrants to this country to do as the people of the old Testament did to the Jews. They tolerated this to the point they adopted their culture and turned from God. I see this happening today. We must hold their ways in honor and push God away.
I watch the news people on the T.V. and yes there are many words about the food drives, the homeless shelters and giving but I have not heard one word about God. It is now the Holiday and God is gone.
In has long been illegal to pray or teach about God in our schools, and now it is the same about Christmas. Dare not you say a word about God, or we will punish you.
Consider the truth in what you see in life.
This is my country, I believe in God, if you do not like this, it is tuff. I will not hang my head and accept your way. If you wish to come to my country you do so by my standards, I will not adopt yours. If you do not like it simply leave. That is my answer to the modern way.
An easy way, a smile and a sense of humor, a love for life and a love for God, that is me.