Well, the idea behind the celebration of "Christmas" is not only to commemorate the birth of Christ, but to remind us, that God is the Ultimate Giver, and Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Gift to the world; hence, PART of the symbollic reason why he was given gifts upon his birth, (in addition to the symbolosim of his King and Lordship) and the reason that we give gifts to each other on that day.
Yes, some Pagan rituals have been mixed into it, but so have they been with every holiday. We are a melting pot of cultures; and as socitey and man-kind progressed generally and cultures blended, so did traditions.
Personally i don't think that God is offended. Especially when 90% of the world celebrates Christmas in honour of Him. (He wasn't born on the 25th of December, no; but that was the day designated for the holiday). I don't think that's a big deal to him either. What matters is that He is honoured, not the day in which socitey chose to do it.
AND Most important to God is the eternal destinies of every man woman and child. And, celebrating Christmas (or any holiday) isn't going to send a person to hell. So, i really don't think it matters to Him. God does not hate Christmas any more then he would hate Hanukkah, or Easter, or Valentine's Day, or Yom Kippur. And he doesn't hate those either. That's a silly notion.
Though i am curious. Out of all the holidays we celebrate, why are you targeting Christmas, and not Halloween?
Halloween has more occult and pagan tradition in it than any other. AND it is the only holiday completely without the presence of Christ.
I do not celebrate this holiday, (halloween) due to the heavy occultism in it, in nearly every practice on that day, as the occult and any involvement in it, is strictly outlawed in the Bible. (Leviticus & Deuteronomy to name a few) But celebrating the day of the incarnation of the Messiah, is not. I think your theology may just be a little jacked up.
*edit* stn1225 has it right. I agree.
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