I remember several years ago, someone came up to me after church and said they don't think churches should be putting up Christmas trees. They said Nativity sets are acceptable, but not Christmas trees.
This is a question worth answering. Should believers and churches put up Christmas trees? Those who object to Christmas trees claim they have pagan origins. The scripture quoted opposing trees is Jeremiah 10:2-5.
If you study the history of the evergreen tree, it was considered a symbol of life in the Roman world. Europeans would cut down evergreen trees and plant them in their living rooms for a winter festival.
It is true about the possible pagan origins of evergreen trees - being an object of worship and life 2,000 years ago - but that's not the case today.
Christmas trees aren't idols. No one (at least I've never heard of one) worships Christmas trees. Folks don't walk into church on Sundays in December and believe we're worshipping trees. The Second Commandment (Exodus 20:4-6) does forbid us from idols, but Christmas trees aren't idols.
Christmas trees and December 25 aren't mentioned in Scripture, but this doesn't mean believers and churches can't celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25, while using a tree.
Christmas trees and the presents under the tree, represent new life and the gift of Jesus we received on the first Christmas in Bethlehem.
This December we celebrate the birth of Christ - displaying a tree hopefully reminds people about new life in Christ and the importance of giving - God gave us the greatest gift of all!