Imagine you are in a new marriage with a spouse who already has children and had been married before. Your spouse tells you that there is a running tradition in the family in which there is a large celebration in the middle of the Summer where family and friends and the entire neighbor hood comes together to celebrate your birthday! A little different, since your birthday is in February…but maybe it is more convenient for everyone else. Coming closer to the celebration you find out that the day they are celebrating is of the previous spouse – Who not only is still alive but will be attending!
Many Christians know that Christmas time is not the real birthday of Christ and that the celebration at such a time was reserved for the winter solstice feasts , such as Yule, Koleda, and Saturnalia festivals.
When Christianity became popular in Rome, in order to make it an acceptable religion of the state, they began to make compromises to please the worshipers of the former religion. Throughout the years statues of roman gods became statues of Peter and Paul simply by changing the names. The same happened with the holidays.
Most people see nothing wrong with this since they themselves are not worshiping the pagan “dieties.” What would you think if you were being “celebrated” on the birthday of your new spouse’s ex? What do think our jealous God feels in light that the ex is the enemy. But we continue for the sake of tradition even though we know better.
But what should we do?
I recommend stripping away the tradition and spending the free time getting closer with God.