We may as well join with the civilized world in celebrating the grand event on the day which the majority celebrate - "Christmas day."" Zion's Watch Tower 1904 Dec 1 p.364 "...The Golden Age of December 14, 1927, noted that Christmas is a pagan celebration, focuses on pleasures, and involves idol worship. is a final and conclusive argument against its celebration by those who are dedicated wholly to the service of Jehovah.” Not surprisingly, the Bethel family did not celebrate Christmas that December—or ever again! (2014) p.102 "What caused the Bible Students to stop celebrating Christmas? Barber gave this answer: "I was asked to give an hour talk over a [radio] hookup on the subject of Christmas.The discussion of this in the Proclaimers book lets one draw the conclusion that this was a pagan celebration inherited from Christendom, but subsequently discarded once properly considered.Yet Jehovah's Slave had considered Christmas and not only concluded that it was acceptable for Christians but promoted it as "of the greatest importance." As the more recent publication God's Kingdom Rules!But for a time, certain holidays were not given the careful scrutiny that they needed.One of these was Christmas." Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom p.198 Bible Students celebrated Christmas well after they were "cleansed" in 1919.In 1910, the first US state recognised this as a local holiday and in 1914 it became a national holiday.
"The Bible Students long acknowledged that Christmas has pagan roots and that Jesus was not born on December 25.
Romans 14:5-6 advises not to judge others and their celebrations: "One indeed judges a day above another; and another one judges every day alike, Let each one be fully assured in his own mind. And the one not minding the day, he does not mind it to the Lord.
The one eating, he eats to the Lord; for he give thanks to God.
Now Jehovah has dictated that practising these customs is to be considered pagan or creature worship and those that participate are described as "ignorant." This makes a mockery of any claim that the Organization had a special standing in Jesus' eyes in 1919, or chose Watchtower to be his sole channel for salvation, based on it being the only Organization teaching and practicing truth.
"When Jehovah's Witnesses cast aside religious teachings that had pagan roots, they also quit sharing in many customs that were similarly tainted.