1956 May 8 p.26 Mother’s Day is a heartwarming concept about respect and honour, and has nothing to do with worship.
The only complaint could be one that Jarvis raised herself by the 1920’s; that Mother’s Day had become overly commercialised.
admits in 2014, Watchtower acknowledged Christmas had pagan links from as early as 1881.
"The Bible Students long acknowledged that Christmas has pagan roots and that Jesus was not born on December 25.
After that, the brothers at Bethel never celebrated Christmas again." Yearbook 1975 p.147 "After that, the brothers at Bethel never celebrated Christmas again. Sister Lilian Kammerud recalls: "How readily the brothers all dropped these holidays and admitted they were glad to be free. (2014) p.105 "Pardon me for intruding on your precious time, but I just can't help letting you know how much I appreciate the phonograph which came to me on the morning after the 8th, which was my 80th birthday.
It was indeed a birthday gift from Jehovah, to be used in proclaiming his name. Such celebrations have their roots in pagan religions, and not Scriptural grounds.
But the people are in ignorance of Satan’s subtle hand in the matter. Neither the man nor the woman should be worshiped for doing right.
These were thought out apparently under the guidance of Jehovah's holy spirit and explained as acceptable.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!The article made it clear that the celebration was not ordered by Christ and concluded with this pointed statement about Christmas: “The fact that the world, the flesh, and the Devil are in favor of its perpetuation and observance . It was given December 12, 1928, and published in The Golden Age #241 and again a year later in #268. This was just complying with new things learned, and we had never known before they were pagan. we felt we were privileged to know things that others were ignorant about.""Yearbook 1975 p.147 ""There are but two such celebrations mentioned in the Scriptures, one of the heathen king Pharaoh of Egypt, in the days of Joseph, and the other of [Herod,] whose birthday cost John the Baptist his life.That talk pointed out the pagan origin of Christmas. It was just like taking a soiled garment off and throwing it away." Next, birthday celebrations and Mother's Day were discarded-more creature worship. In the Bible there is no instance of celebrations of birthdays by any of God’s people."—The Golden Age, May 6, 1936, page 499." God's Kingdom Rules!