Christmas falls on Sunday this year for the first time since 2005.
Given that most of us will attend services on Christmas Eve — the most popular day of the year in the pews — do we really need to go again the following day?
The answer seems to be most definitely maybe.
Six years ago, some of the nation’s largest churches were criticized for canceling Christmas Day services. Many of those same churches canceled Dec. 26 services last year.
Here at the YDR religion desk, we have so far received one notice of postponed Christmas morning services — from Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Felton. The church will hold services at 6 p.m. Dec. 25.
We’re bound to get more cancellations, but nationally, church pastors are seemingly opting for the conservative route. According to a Lifeway Research survey, 91 percent of pastors plan to hold holiday services.
Is your family planning to attend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services? If not, which one are you skipping?
Continuing on the survey theme, another Lifeway poll found that while three-quarters of Americans saw Christmas as primarily a religious holiday, two-thirds also acknowledged much of what they enjoyed about Christmas had “nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ.”
Given that Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, this is disconcerting for many. How much of your holiday is spent recognizing and celebrating the religious aspect of Christmas?