As December 25 draws near, you will no doubt hear from some of your more "pious" and "holier-than-you" friends about the pagan traditions and customs that are bound up in our modern celebration of the birth of Christ. You may even be accused of worshiping the sun, rather than the Son. Perhaps you've already been informed that your Christmas tree is a pagan practice, condemned in the book of Jeremiah (10:1-5). Maybe you have been told that giving gifts to each other is what the heathen do (Matt. 7:11), and is the response of the unregenerate world to the death of the two witnesses in the book of Revelation (11:9-10). We are further warned that because the Bible condemns these pagan practices and because the Bible nowhere tells believers to observe Christmas (or Easter) as holidays (holy days), we are sinning if we participate in them. In fact, if these "anti-pagan" crusaders had their way, the only acceptable action of "true" Christians would be to boycott the whole affair; acting as if the day has no more significance than the one before or the one after it.