Even after joining the Messianic faith, we are still asked to bring our kids to an easter egg hunt, join the neighborhood in a halloween party, or cook for a christmas dinner. We may believe the aforementioned events are steeped with pagan practices, when we explain our stance, we get weird looks… for telling our kids that rabbits do not lay eggs. Fairness aside, (1) let us recall Mathew 10:34-39, where we see He has drawn a line in the sand, and wants us to pick His side, over being with mother dearest. Before we accept or decline any invitation, make sure we are on His side, then seek to unify with others, second, and only if it does not change our position. This means a non religious meal, versus an easter brunch, can be considered a spiritually acceptable alternative. Next (2), consider how Ecclesiastes 3: speaks on the many seasons people are often in, so consider that, and the time you have with someone, before deeply engaging. To the Christian Store Clerk who wishes Merry Christmas, because they are not ashamed of the gospel and want to proclaim Messiah is alive, responses such as “You Too”, “Yes!”, or “Amen!”, might be more agreeable than debate. Lastly (3), Mathew 15:3-13 says we should not allow love of traditions, or people, to cause a rejection of commandments. So for holidays that contain pagan practice(s), at the very least, work to avoid the questionable elements. In the Christmas example, since Jeremiah 10:1-5 (trees) is the main commandment being broken, in traditional observance, not bowing down under it, to place or receive gifts, would be preferred… there is likely a stick or relative nearby, which can be safely leveraged, to place or retrieve your gifts.
Ultimately, have fun with your faith. Our Rabbi definitely does, when his daughter tells people her family is not pagan, and does not do Christmas, upon their wishing her a merry one… just (1) make sure God knows your allegiance, (2) pick your battles, and (3) avoid the direct sins, or aspects thereof, where possible. Happy Holidays!