|WHILE Christmas day is set aside for remembering the birth of the saviour, there can be no doubt that the world has commercialised this occasion to the point that the day brings to mind little of the holy event. |
Nevertheless, for the Christian, the day IS a special time of the year. For the Jehovah’s Witness, Christmas is much different than it is for the Christian. While Christians are gathering together in the name of the Lord to celebrate the first advent of Christ, Witnesses must abstain not only from the celebrations itself, but from everything associated with the season.
They are taught Christmas is part of the false religious system and are given specific commands regarding religious celebrations.
You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, 1982, p.212.
The Watch Tower Society places the birth of Jesus secondary to the memorial of His death.
They claim that Jesus told His followers to observe a memorial of his death, not of His birth. You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, 1982, p.213.
But, has the Watch Tower Society always thought this way?
It is a fact that early Watch Tower leaders joined the festive season and were quite proud to admit it.
The Watchtower magazine of 1 December 1904, stated:
Watch Tower books were also suggested, in one edition, as possible Christmas presents, with orders being made several months in advance, obviously to avoid the expected Yuletide rush for books, nearer Christmas.
In another instance, second President J.F Rutherford even printed a letter, in the Watchtower of 15 January 1919, thanking JW members for sending him: “numerous Christmas presents.”
And if there is any doubt about it, we even print here a picture of Mr Rutherford and friends (they’re the ones hiding amongst the Christmas decorations and piles of presents) tucking into a nice Christmas dinner at the Society’s Bethel headquarters in 1926.
We will finish this brief article with the words of the Watchtower magazine of 15 December 1926, which says: