Christmas Celebration



⚪ Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate Christmas

"CHRISTMAS Day," in celebration of our dear Redeemer's birth, has for long centuries been celebrated on December 25th; and although it is now well known that this date is in error, and that it more properly corresponds with the date of the annunciation to Mary, nine months before our Lord was born, and that he was born about October 1st,- nevertheless, since the Lord has given no instructions whatever upon this subject, and since it is proper to do good deeds and think good thoughts upon any day, it cannot be improper, in harmony with general usage, for us to remember in a social way our dear Redeemer's birth at this time. Our Lord Jesus was God's great gift to Israel and to the world, as yet appreciated fully only by the Spiritual Israelite. Through him also all of God's gifts are promised and to be bestowed. (Eph. 4:8.) In view of these things, the custom throughout Christendom of making Christmas Day a joyful one, by the interchange of little tokens of love in the family, and to the poor, seems most appropriate.

Source : 🇺🇸 Zion's Watch Tower, December 15 1898, R2407, page 371, "Unto You Is Born... A Savior", page 372 + Cover

Even though Christmas is not the real anniversary of our Lord's birth, but more properly the annunciation day or the date of his human begetting (Luke 1:28), nevertheless, since the celebration of our Lord's birth is not a matter of divine appointment or injunction, but merely a tribute of respect to him, it is not necessary for us to quibble particularly about the date. We may as well join with the civilized world in celebrating the grand event on the day which the majority celebrate - "Christmas day.

Source : 🇺🇸 Zion's Watch Tower 1904 Dec 1 page 364, R3468, "The Prince of Peace"

A discourse and Christmas Carols at WBBR, the official Watchtower radio.

Source : 🇺🇸 The Golden Age, December 1 1926, page 141 + Cover

Bethel 1926

Celebration of the last Christmas in Bethel, 1926 (Source : Gods Kingdom Rules, page 102)

This is confirmed by the following book : 1993 - Jehovahs Witnesses Proclaimers of Gods Kingdom, page 200


⚫ Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas

"The Golden Age of December 14, 1927, noted that Christmas is a pagan celebration, focuses on pleasures, and involves idol worship. The article made it clear that the celebration was not ordered by Christ and concluded with this pointed statement about Christmas: “The fact that the world, the flesh, and the Devil are in favor of its perpetuation and observance... is a final and conclusive argument against its celebration by those who are dedicated wholly to the service of Jehovah.” Not surprisingly, the Bethel family did not celebrate Christmas that December—or ever again!"

Source : 🇺🇸 Gods Kingdom Rules, page 102 + Cover


This is what the Bible teaches

"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day."

Col 2:16 - NIV