Once again, its time to celebrate the Roman Winter Solstice, the holiday that has been disguised by the Roman Catholic Church as being a Christian holiday. Jesus is not "the reason for the season". Christmas is for Sun worshipers, not Son worshipers! Its a holiday for suckers! The Roman Catholic Church just took the Roman temples and changed the names of their idols into the names of Christian saints so that the idol worshipers could keep worshiping their idols and so that Christians would be fooled into thinking that it was a good thing. The Pope's mitre comes from the Philistine god Dagon--it is not a Christian symbol. Somehow, most of these paganisms were not carried over into Protestantism, but the celebrating Easter and the Roman Winter Solstice persisted for some reason.
Today the Christmas holiday is used by retailers to take advantage of well-meaning, but deceived Christians. Every year Christian preachers tell their congregations that they need to not get caught up in all the hustle and bustle, commercialism, and over-preparation for this unholy day and that instead they should remember the real reason for Christmas. But by perpetuating the celebration of the Roman Winter Solstice, they themselves participate in the societal pressure to keep the useless time-consuming and money-consuming traditions of this terrible holiday. Most gifts that are given at Christmas are not given out of love, but peer pressure.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)
But there are alternatives to Sun worshiping.
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.Zechariah 14:16-19 (KJV)
The King mentioned in the above passage is Yahshua Messiah (Jesus Christ). The time that this prophecy will be fulfilled is yet to come because it wasn't until after New Testament that Jerusalem's walls were completed as partially described in Zechariah 14:10, and the war mentioned in verse 16 has not yet taken place. Furthermore this war will be concluded with cleaving of the Mount of Olives which is a clear reference to the physical return of Messiah neither of which has taken place.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.Zechariah 14:4 (KJV)
Some people think that Yahshua (Jesus) was born during the Feast of Tabernacles and that there are signs in the observance of it which point to Yahshua's birth. It is also possible that this observance was the real origin of the original Thanksgiving holiday. I have no opinion about these one way or the other, but it clearly would be much better to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and observe its traditions, rather than the traditions of a pagan holiday. It is much more clear that Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits (which are two days apart) are for the remembrance of the death and resurrection of Yahshua Messiah (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-24). If you would like to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, read Leviticus 23:33-44, Deuteronomy 16:16, and Nehemiah 8:14-18. Yahshua also celebrated this feast (John 7:10).
The only redeeming tradition of the Christmas holiday is the singing of carols (the ones which are actually about Yeshua and are Biblically correct). This tradition could carried over into any part of year (minus the songs about Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, bells and so forth) and all the rest of the Christmas junk could be completely forgotten as far as I'm concerned.