WHY NOT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS HOLIDAYS?

In Leviticus chapter 23, Yahweh gave man the Holy Days (appointed times) that He wanted man to observe.  The first High Day (Holy Day, Holiday) was the weekly Sabbath on the seventh day of each week.  Then  seven other days during the year are given as High Days.
 

1.) First day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread
2.) Last day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread
3.) Festival of Weeks (Also called Harvest or Pentecost)
4.) Festival of Trumpets
5.) Day of Atonement
6.) First day of the Festival of Tabernacles
7.) Last Great Day (The day after the seven days of Tabernacles)


No High Day or celebration called Christmas was given to us by Yahweh.
A brief study of the origin of Christmas will give the reader an understanding of how this celebration came into being from a Roman festival called Saturnalia.

Saturnalia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Saturnalia (from the god Saturn) was the name the Romans gave to their holiday marking the Winter Solstice. Over the years, it expanded to a whole week, the 17th through 23rd of December. It also degenerated from mostly tomfoolery, marked chiefly by having masters and servants switch places, to sometimes debauchery, so that the (lower case) word "saturnalia" came to mean "orgy."
The customary greeting for the occasion is, "Io, Saturnalia!" -- io (pronounced "oy") being a Latin interjection related to "ho" (as in "Ho, there").
It has been postulated that Christians in the fourth century assigned December 25th as Christ's birthday (and thus Christmas) because pagans already observed this day as a holiday. This would sidestep the problem of eliminating an already popular holiday while Christianizing the population.


No celebration of the first day of the new year was given to us by Yahweh.
Currently the secular world celebrates the new year on the first day of January, in winter.
Yahweh gave Abib to be the first month of the year.  In its lunar calendar, the month Abib would be in late March or Early April, springtime; the exact date in secular solar calendars would of course vary.
 

When the Romans came to power, they continued to observe the new year in March, in the springtime. However, the Roman calendar frequently changed based on the wishes of various emperors, and it eventually became unsynchronized with the sun. In an effort to restore a static calendar, the Roman senate declared January 1 as the official beginning of the new year in 153 B.C.  As the Catholic Church expanded, it was strongly opposed to the celebration of the Roman's New Year, and denounced it as paganism. However, as Christianity became more widespread, the religious observances of the Catholic Church began to coincide with many of the pagan celebrations. Ancestry Magazine 11/1/2000 & Calendars by L.E. Doggett, ET. Al.


Why not just add these Holidays (Holy Days), whatever their background, as long as we do it with a sincere desire to do it unto Yahweh?
 

Deut 12:4 (NIV) You must not worship {Yahweh} your {Mighty One} in their way.
Deut 12:30 (NIV) be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, "How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same."
31 You must not worship {Yahweh} your {Mighty One}in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things {Yahweh}hates.

Deut 12:32 (NIV) See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.


The 7th day Sabbath and the list of seven other days at the top of this page is all that we should be doing as Holidays (Holy Days).

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