"This is a consumer mentality at work: 'Let's not impose the church on people. Let's not make church in any way inconvenient,' " said David Wells, professor of history and systematic theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical school in Hamilton, Massachusetts.Consumer mentality is right.
One pastor said: "The best way to honour Jesus's birth is for families to have a more personal experience on that day."
The church I attend will not only be open on Christmas - for us, it will be a Sunday like any other. No special Christmas message, our pastor is just going to keep plugging through the Beatitudes (which he started last week). (We'll certainly be singing a lot of Christmas hymns, though.)
In the Christian calendar, the biggest holiday is (or should be) Easter. Jesus's death and resurrection were the culmination of His ministry on Earth, and the reason that we can be justified and pardoned of our sins. Not to mention that we actually celebrate it at the right time of year. Christmas was first celebrated to Christianize a pagan holiday (winter solstice), and it is slowly turning into a totally non-religious holiday. I don't have any problem with the non-religious aspects of Christmas... but when Christmas falls on a Sunday, it becomes obvious just how non-religious this holiday has become.
Thanks to mookieghana, who originally alerted me to this story.