We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons.
Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical
arrangement called Christmas. First, because we do not
believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be
said or sung in Latin or in English. And, secondly, because
we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any
day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its
observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority.
Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Savior’s
birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it
occurred. Probably the fact is that the ‘holy days’ were
arranged to fit in with heathen festivals. We venture to
assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we
may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the
Savior was born, it is the twenty fifth of December.
There are those who, on December 25th, will pretend to
exhibit joy in the remembrance of our Savior’s birth, but they
will not seek their pleasure in the Savior. Joy in Immanuel
would be a poor sort of mirth to them. In this country,
too often, if one were unaware of the name, one might
believe the Christmas festival to be a feast of Bacchus,
certainly not a commemoration of the Divine birth.
Since it is lawful, and even laudable, to meditate upon
the incarnation of the Lord upon any day in the year, it
cannot be in the power of other men’s superstitions to
render such a meditation improper for today. Regarding
not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for
the gift of his dear Son.