The very name holiday means "holy day". All holidays have religious significance. The events that a society choose to centre its holidays around speak volumes about the religious worldview and value systems of that society.
Ascension Day used to be a holiday in South Africa. Yet, few of us ever appreciated its significance until the government abolished it as a public holiday.
By abandoning the Ascension of Christ, and replacing it with Freedom Day, Workers Day, Human Rights Day, Youth Day and Women's Day, our government shows that it has rejected Christianity and embraced Humanism. This is far more serious than we may at first suspect. Along with these new secular holy days came the abolition of prayer in parliament and the legalisation of homosexuality, gambling, pornography, prostitution and abortion.
History is HIS Story
The Christian view of history is linear. Unlike the pagan and Eastern religions which hold to re-incarnation and have a circular view of history, or the atheists who believe that "you came from nothing, you are going nowhere, life is meaningless," we Christians believe that History is His story.
A Christian Calendar
God is sovereign over time and space. At one point in history, God created the world. At another time He judged the world in the flood. At the appointed time, Christ came and died for our sins. Three days later He rose from the dead. Forty days later He ascended into Heaven. Ten days after that He sent the Holy Spirit upon His disciples at Pentecost. One great day He will return to this earth and judge the nations.
History has a goal. Time has meaning. Our calendars should reflect that.
It is appropriate that the biggest and most important holiday event of our calendar year commemorates the Incarnation of Christ - when God took on human form and was born in Bethlehem. Christmas celebrates the greatest gift of all - the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the reason for the season. We need to put Christ back into Xmas. Wise men still seek Him. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16. We give gifts on Christmas Day to celebrate the official birthday of the King of kings, and out of gratitude for the great gifts He has given us.