Celebrations on hold
WHILE the rest of us are decking the halls with boughs of holly (fa la la la la la la la), many Christians will not celebrate Christmas because it is not part of their religious belief.
Jehovah's Witness elder, Reg Farrell, of Casino's Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness said Christmas would not be part of tomorrow's church meeting.
Instead, the church would wait until Easter to celebrate Christ's death.
"At the lord's meal (the last supper) he asked us to celebrate his death," Mr Farrell said.
"He achieved nothing through birth, but by the time of his death he had achieved a lot through his preaching work."
Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Tim Kingston of Goonellabah said Christmas celebrations in his church tended to be low-key.
"Nowhere in the bible are we told to celebrate and honour the birth of Jesus," Pastor Kingston said.
In fact, he argues, the birth of Jesus was of such small consequence that its date was not recorded.
But even so, Pastor Kingston said his church would hold a special Christmas service today.
December 25, was originally the Roman celebration of the sun God, and was turned into a celebration of the son of God by Roman emperor Constantine in 313AD.
It is generally accepted that Jesus was actually born in September.
Religions and sects which don't celebrate Christmas:
- Seventh Day Adventist
- Jehovah's Witness
- Rastafarian movement