Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Question: Why do we celebrate "Christmas" when it is of a pagan root? also "Easter", it is of a pagan root. Are we not told in the Bible that we are not to partake of anything that is of pagan, or wicked? So how is it that as so called "Christians" we have tried to turn the pagan worship into Christian and holy when it is not? I am a believer of God, but I am confused also. I do understand that just believing is not enough, because even the devil believes and trembles at the word of God. I often wonder how we have gotten so far off the path that we should be following. Any information you send on the so called holidays would truly be helpful. Thanks for taking the time to even read this...Just me, looking for more answers.

This is an excellent question. I am not an expert in history, so please bear with me as I do my best to answer your question. I do not have much information regarding historical Easter, thus, I will focus my response mainly on Christmas. I have heard that Christmas has links to early pagan holidays and rituals, but I believe it has more to do with the dates that it is celebrated rather than with the reason for the celebration. It is true that in ancient Rome a festival was held during the last week of December by pagan sun-worshipers. This festival would probably have been similar to our modern day “Mardi Gras.” From what I’ve read and heard, the early Christians decided to “transform” the festival from an immoral pagan holiday into a Christian celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ. The transition from a pagan holiday into a Christian holiday took a long time, in fact, history has it that the NYPD was formed as a type of riot squad to deal with “Christmas” rioters during this holiday. It is true that the “Christmas” holiday has had some dark moments throughout history, but equally true and amazing is the story of how Jesus was born.