Thanksgiving is perhaps the most purely religious holiday we celebrate in the US.
One thing, for certain, I have gained in my research is the understanding of why so many people celebrate Christmas. It is a celebration that has been going of for thousands of years, before there ever was a baby Jesus. The “spirit” of Christmas is not equal to the Holy Spirit. The love most people have for this time of year is a love for nostalgia and tradition that God has nothing to do with.
I do not think it is wrong to sing songs about Jesus’ birth, his life, his sacrifice, his resurrection. But we don’t have to separate them and sing these ones this time of year and those ones the other time! We can and should sing them every day! Every day. The whole life of Christ is such a miraculous, perfect, wonderful event we should focus on it and celebrate it all the time, not just one or two days a year.
To mark this miracle, and eight day festival was inaugurated. Hanukkah is not one of the major holidays on the Jewish calendar, but it is one equally enjoyed. It is a time of celebrating traditionally called the Feast of Dedication, as it was during the eight days of oil in the temple that it was…
With Hanukkah approaching, and a lot of mystery and sensationalism surrounding issues within Christian circles, it all makes for intense conversation. Questions arise like, “Should Christians celebrate Hanukkah? Is God glorified when Believers partake in holidays like Christmas? What is the history with the Feast of Dedication?”