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Christmas Redemption: Why Christians Should Celebrate a Pagan Holiday by [Myers, Jeremy]
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"The author also goes into the theological reasons of why we should celebrate Christmas, even as Christians...especially as Christians." -MikeM

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Christmas is one of the greatest times of the year, full of joy, expectation, and generosity. Yet for numerous reasons, some Christians tell others we should not celebrate Christmas. This book looks at some of the reasons they give, and shows that when the symbolism of Christmas is truly understood, celebrating Christmas is a great way to express the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Redeeming Books (December 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQGBJIK
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By Travis Mamone on December 23, 2012
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I have the unfortunate privilege of knowing someone who refuses to put up a Christmas tree because of something in the Book of Jeremiah. Which is a shame because in Jeremy Myers' new e-book "Christmas Redemption," Myers does a great job of explaining why Christians should celebrate Christmas with trees, holly, and, yes, even Santa Claus. In this e-book, Myers explains that most of the things we associate with Christmas--trees, holly, the color green--come from the ancient pagan holiday of Saturnalia. In fact, the Puritans of the 1600s even banned the celebration of Christmas for a short time. (Darn Puritans ruining things for everyone else!) Myers, however, proposes an alternative: seeing how Christ has redeemed this relics of our pagan past. Even Santa Claus can be seen as a model for self-sacrificial giving.

The next time I see my weird Christmas tree-hating friend again, I'm going to let him borrow my Kindle so he can read "Christmas Redemption."
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I enjoy Jeremy Myers' regular challenges to the generally accepted concepts we hold in Christian tradition. I don't always agree with him, but he makes me look at things in new ways. In this short book he packs in a lot of information about origins of Christmas traditions and suggests, based on that history,why we should embrace these traditions.

I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because, though seeming to be clearly based on source materials, his statements about historical events are not documented; even the reading list doesn't suggest where the claims are from. So the readers can't check the sources for themselves.

I'm not yet comfortable with the idea of embracing Santa Claus as a valuable element in our Christmas celebrations, even in church. He is presented in our culture as omniscient and nearly omnipresent. I don't see that as belonging in church. And this from someone who served two seasons as a department store Santa.

But I encourage you to read the book. Enjoy and exult in the extravagance of joy to which Myers welcomes us. I looked around this morning at the serious, glum faces of a church full of people singing about how much joy we have at Christmas. In a home meeting recently I saw adults and children sedately sing "Joy to the World," then light up with glowing smiles as they sang "Jingle Bells". So the second, which as nothing to do with Christmas, somehow trumped the officially Christmas song. Maybe Myers is helping us see why.
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All these traditions are signposts pointing to the Master's birth. Look harder at what you see. Look for the love, look for the care, look for the forgiveness,look for the sacrifice,
,look for the sharing,and look for the unselfish giving. Calm your fears, the Master is leading you to His crib. He was born a baby for us. All these traditions help us focus on preparing our hearts to receive Christ in a special way.This is a wonderful book full of hope and joy. The book explains where these traditions originated and how they have been changed and been adapted over the years. The hope that the grace that is hidden in the celebrations will turn more hearts to the Lord's call is very evident. Jeremy Myers has given us a lovely gift this Christmas. His insights will lift our hearts and remain with us a long time.
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This e-book is an easy read and won't take you too long to get through (it took me 1 cup of coffee and 3 small gingerbread cookies).

Some illustrations or pictures might have been nice, but it provided a very good summary of the history of Christmas: its beginnings, changes, and our cultural changes to it. I've not heard most of this information and it definitely "opened my eyes". The author also goes into the theological reasons of why we should celebrate Christmas, even as Christians...especially as Christians.

The Author's writing style is direct and factual, obviously researched, and with intent. He intentionally makes seemingly controversial statements to get your attention, and to great effect. (full disclosure: the Author is my brother)

I've always celebrated Christmas, and will continue to do so. But this book gave me some new insight and meaning into this (formerly) pagan holiday. Thanks, Jeremy, for a well written and succinct book on the Christmas holiday!
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I love how the author uses multiple sources to back up his opinions. He doesn't just use bible verses, he goes back into the history of the topics (pagan rituals, Santa, etc) as well. Great book overall!
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The premise of the book is Redemption defined as (noun) 1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed. 2. deliverance; rescue. 3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation. 4. atonement for guilt. 5. repurchase, as of something sold. 6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note. 7. recovery by payment, as of something pledged.

We need to ask ourselves is it possible to redeem something for God that was never His to begin with? ... And should we be redeeming pagan holidays for God at all? Has He asked us to this? No He has not. Did Jesus do it or decree for us to do it, no He did not. Did the apostles do it, no they did not. Did any of the fathers of the faith do it, no they did not. So why do we take it upon ourselves to do so, we have no God given authority for this task. Clearly this isn't where He wants His children spending their time and effort.

Instead of hypothesizing and speculating what to do about pagan holidays... Why don't we instead do what He has asked to do? How about "His" forever Holy Days as detailed in Leviticus 23. The Holy Days that speak to us of God's plan of salvation, both in the 1st advent of Christ and in the 2nd coming of Christ. You know, those Holy Days that prepare for the Way of the Lord. Why wouldn't we rather hear, listen to and obey our God, as we prepare ourselves for the Savior's return, in the exact one and only manner He has prescribed. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. "His" Holy Days are eternal. Clearly they were practiced by His children throughout the old and new testament, and they will be practiced in the future as per Revelation, so what "man" told us to stop in the interim?
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