My family’s calendar and my church’s calendar are literally crammed full of Christmas “stuff”. Just about every night and certainly every weekend brings a new Christmas ministry or event. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
I will not bore you here with all the standard wisdom about remembering the reason for the season, or the Martha/Mary comparisons about busy versus being, or the standard Christian Santa-bashing, or even a message about the simplicity of the nativity. Yes, there is truth in all of that, but you and I both know those things already. I understand and appreciate the difference in priorities between the commercial side of Christmas and the Spiritual side. I mean to ask a slightly different question here. I am asking a question about the priorities within the Spiritual side alone.
Is there a line which we as a church family should watch and not cross in terms of busy-ness during this season? If so, what does it look like? How do we know if we have crossed it? I very much welcome your comments!
UPDATE: This post originally included a survey which is now closed. The survey asked whether you thought churches should (a) get much busier at Christmas, (b) get a little busier, but keep the reason for the season in mind, (c) stay about the same year round, or (d) cut back at Christmas and give families a chance toi pull together. Those responding were fairly evenly spread across all four answers, but (b) got the most responses, with 29%.
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