Holidays

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The Watchtower, October 15, 1982, p. 29

"While Christian children do not celebrate certain holidays that have pagan origins, their parents often plan good times for them - outings, get-togethers or other wholesome family fun. They get gifts from time to time throughout the year."


The Watchtower, November 15, 1984, p. 31

"But they feel it is incompatible with the family's deep seated religious convictions for their children to engage in class work based on holidays that they do not celebrateÉBut Jehovah's Witnesses feel conscientiously obliged to abstain from school activities that conflict with their Bible-based understanding of God's willÉSo if the assignment called upon the students to share in unbiblical holiday activities. Witnesses would abstain even if this puzzled others with a different viewpoint."


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 176

"Is Christmas a celebration based on the Bible?"


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 179

"What is the origin of Easter and the customs associated with it?"


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 180

"Are New Year's celebrations objectionable for Christians?"


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 180

"What underlies holidays in memory of the 'spirits of the dead'?"


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 181

"What is the origin of Valentine's Day?"


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 182

"What is the origin of the practice of setting aside a day to honor mothers?"


Reasoning From the Scriptures, 1985 ed., p. 182

"What Bible principles explain the viewpoint of Christians toward ceremonies commemorating events in a nation's political history?"


The Watchtower, December 1, 1988, p. 17

"Then they can expect that their children will be able to resist the temptations and pressures of peers and schoolteachers to celebrate birthdays or holidays or to violate Scriptural principles in other ways."


The Watchtower, March 15, 1991, p. 17

"Do you persevere when criticized for taking a bold stand in giving the Kingdom witness, for being moral in your life-style? Are you standing firm when you are the target of pressure because of not accepting blood, not worshipping national emblems, not celebrating worldly holidays?"


The Watchtower, September 1, 1992, p. 23

"The conduct of the children greatly improved. From their Bible study, they learned that celebrating birthdays and other religious holidays was not Christian; hence, they stopped observing them."


The Watchtower, March 15, 1994, p. 3

"Christmas, Easter, 'saints' days. Many holidays and feasts are celebrated by the churches of Christendom. But do you know how many celebrations Jesus Christ commanded his followers to observe? The answer is, Just one! None of the other feasts were authorized by the Founder of Christianity."


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