Because I can:
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another : another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord , every knee shall bow to me
Martin Luther of all people likely decorated the first Christmas Tree in honor of Christ's birth. I see no connection to the OT idolatry. We teach our children that no one really knows exactly when Christ was born. But, to us the evergreen tree reminds us of the ever-Life that is only found in Jesus and that the ornaments remind us of the beauty and reflection of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, manifested in the new personality. We decided NOT fool our kids with the Santa Claus myth and a few other minor elements that are sometimes attached.
2 Corinthians 3: 17 - ...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty
Merry Christmas to all!