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Canceling church for... Christmas?

Some churches closing on Christmas
"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.

One pastor said: "The best way to honour Jesus's birth is for families to have a more personal experience on that day."
Consumer mentality is right.

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.
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imotic December 9th, 2005
i say, so what if it was a pagan holiday? so what if the 12 days of Christmas have become the ... well however many days there are between Thanksgiving (soon becoming Halloween) and Christmas, when the Christmas ads start running?

Jesus' birth is still worth celebrating. And that's what I'm going to do on Christmas. And no amount of pagans or heathen capitalists (or people who correct me on the date, hehe) are going to change that. It's the spirit of the holiday, maybe not the letter of the holiday. (if that last bit makes sense.)

anitra December 9th, 2005
That totally makes sense to me.

By the way, traditionally the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day and extend into January... I've never understood why modern American culture shys away from anything Christmas-like after December 25/26.

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