When it comes to celebrating the November and December holidays, Christians the world over have many different views on what is best. A report by Christian Today explains that, according to Reverend Billy Graham, who celebrated his 98th birthday earlier this month, it is important for believers to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas by “distinguishing” these holidays from other “secular” holidays.
Graham posted this view in a reply to a question submitted by a reader on the Billy Graham Evangelical Association website. The reader explained, "I am a newcomer to your country, and I am still trying to understand your holidays. Which one is more important, Thanksgiving or Christmas?"
In his response, Graham explained that most Americans would answer Christmas, as "it occupies more of their time and attention.” However, the retired Reverend directly followed this assertion with an added piece of wisdom, stating that, “In reality, both should be of great importance, because both should remind us of God's goodness to us— first by providing for our daily needs, and then by sending His Son into the world for our salvation.”
He then pointed out that Thanksgiving traces its history to religious roots, with the first European settlers in America giving thanks to God for His generosity and goodness to them in providing an ample fall harvest.
The Reverend then directly followed this fact by voicing his sadness at how many in the U.S. focus on the non-religious, secular sides of both holidays. Instead, Graham encouraged Christians to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
“[A]s Christmas approaches, take time also to remember God's greatest gift to us — the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Make Him the center of your life — not just today, but every day.”
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Publication date: November 29, 2016