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We see the Romans 1
downward spiral unfolding in our culture every day, including with respect to
holidays and celebrations. I couldn’t agree more as to the ungodly undermining
of the concept of biblical celebration. 
In fact, the Bible nowhere instructs Christians to celebrate holidays
such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, birthdays,
anniversaries, etc. This leads some to refrain from observing these celebratory
days, even those considered uniquely Christian. 
However, the Bible does not speak against celebrating holidays either,
but mentions several “celebrations” that the Israelites, as the people of God,
faithfully and joyfully observed: Passover, Pentecost, Purim, New Moon, etc.,
celebrations which commemorated God’s presence and provision for the whole
believing community.

Of greater
importance than whether or not a Christian celebrates holidays is how he or she
glorifies the Lord in all activities (1 Corinthians 10:31). For example, Job’s children
celebrated birthdays (Job 1:4) which, in context, underscored Job’s
godly character.  Thus, if a Christian
hosts a birthday party, the party should glorify the Lord; sinful behavior
should not be part of a birthday celebration – or any celebration, but in this
example should concentrate on a child as a gift of God (Psalm 127:3) through whom the generations may be blessed. 

As to true,
biblical celebration, here are points to consider:

  1. God loves celebrations. Solomon
    confirms that there are times to laugh and dance, to harvest, and to enjoy love
    and peace (Ecclesiastes

In short,
Christians celebrate all stages of life, knowing God is at the center of all
that is good. We mark milestones and events, acknowledging that every day and
every gift comes from God’s good hand. 
God is surely pleased when we come together in His name to acknowledge
Him as the Center of our human experience. 
This being the case, we would not wish to offend God therefore, as it
relates to any celebration, we should consider:

  1. Does the holiday in any way promote
    false doctrine or immorality (Galatians 5:19-23)?  There is a difference between a holiday
    devoid of goodness and one being robbed of it. 
    The redeemed know the difference, unwilling to associate with
    ungodliness (Proverbs
    ) as well as unwilling to cede anything, including a legitimate
    celebration, to mischaracterization by standing firm against such attempts (Philippians 1:27).