Christmas lands on Sunday this year (in case you missed the memo). And my husband is a pastor. And he scheduled Christmas morning worship. How do you feel about that?
You may think, “It’s Sunday! Slam dunk! That’s as it should be! I personally can have a worshipful spirit while still in my pj’s at home on Christmas morning, but it’s good to know there will be church as usual for, you know… other people.”
Or you may think, “Absolutely! We will have have opened gifts, enjoyed brunch, and we’re planning to get to church early just to make sure we can get a good seat. Anyone not in church must not love Jesus.”
In our family, this decision has not been real popular. After the marathon of approximately 493 Christmas Eve services, we look forward to family time on Christmas day. It’s a chance to be present to each other and let the miracle of Christmas sink in without needing to be anywhere. Maggie assigns each of us a time slot during the day when we’re supposed to come up with a creative family activity. John has had the audacity to say that his creative family activity is church at 11:00 on Christmas morning. Ugh.
John asked me and the girls to do the children’s sermon, but we can’t imagine there will be any kids there, and if there are, they’re gonna want to talk about the toys they got, not Jesus so we’ve nixed that.
Yes, we’re being whiny babies, but we have threatened to:
- Take a permanent marker and cross off the service on the banner outside the church.
- Put a sign on the church door saying: Please enjoy worship with our Lutheran friends down down the road. See you next week!
- Have a mass scavenger hunt through the church for the baby Jesus and call it a day.
- Come in our pj’s
This may sound heretical, but have you ever felt going to church was counter-productive to your relationship with Jesus?
Do you plan on going to church on Christmas morning? If so, what do you look forward to in worship that morning? What’s the most meaningful thing you’ll do to celebrate Christmas?