What are some of your favorite things to do during the Christmas season? Do you like to:
Visit others’ houses to sing Christmas carols?
Get out of school for Christmas vacation?
Join with other Christians for a Christmas worship service?
Put lights and decorations outside your house?
Buy Christmas cards to send to friends?
Visit nativity scenes displayed in your town?
You might be in trouble if you did those things in some countries.
Schools in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to make Christmas a school vacation day.
A group of 150 people attacked 16 Christians singing Christmas carols in India.
It is illegal to sell Christmas cards in Maldives outside of areas where tourists visit.
In one location in China, officials banned children from playing angels in church plays, joining the choir, or singing hymns.
Some people in strict Muslim countries celebrate Christmas secretly and post photos of their secret celebrations on social media. But they are careful not to include any photos that would allow government officials to find them.
This Christmas season, thank God for your freedom to honor His Son. Pray for those who don’t enjoy the same freedom.