Jeremiah 10: 1-5 does talk about cutting down a tree and decorating it. God and Idols 1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.
5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."
The Christmas tree evolved from Pagan traditions so did the Easter bunny. I'm an atheist, though, so I don't have to worry about it. For us, Christmas is about family and swapping gifts. We gladly incorporate the tree without having to worry about the origins of the tradition. I'm, also, fairly sure that Christmas being celebrated in December is related to Paganism as well. (They were easier to convert if they got to keep some of their own traditions.)
November 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM
I worship God, not a tree, that's the difference and don't see anything wrong with it, but won't have one this year because my budget won't let me.