Nowhere in the Bible are we told to celebrate the birth of Christ. With that said, there is no reason that we shouldn’t exchange small gifts in honor of the birth of our savior. In fact, it seems very appropriate. In Matthew 2:11 the Magi visited Mary and Joseph after Jesus was born and presented Jesus with gifts. Matthew states, “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

When it comes to the many decorations, lights, or trees, there is nothing stated in the Bible that tells us to do any such celebration. That isn’t to say that it is wrong, but it can be a distraction. The entire reason to celebrate is to remember the greatest gift of all that God gave to us. What truly matters is that we keep our hearts and minds centered on Christ.