Should there be church on Christmas?

As you know, Christmas will fall on a Sunday this year.  As a result, many pastors have had to wrestle with the decision whether or not to have service on Christmas day. At first thought, you think that Christmas is Jesus' birthday, so why not have service on that day. If we should be in church on any day of the year, it should be Christmas, right? Well, this is not such an easy decision. Here are two perspectives on whether or not churches should have service on Christmas day. 

One perspective is that the hardcore church goer would say that we should be in church on Christmas. It is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, not about opening gifts under a tree. This same perspective would say that cancelling church on Christmas just further affirms that as believers we are constantly shifting our focus away from Christ. 

Another perspective is that Christmas is a time for people to spend with their families. There are many Christians that do not want to be in church on Christmas. It is not that they don't love God or love to worship him, it is just that they place high value on spending time with their family. Quality family time is one of God's biggest desires for us. 

Another thing to consider is that while many of us go to church to worship and have a good time, that is not the case for all of us. Holding a church service is a lot of work for many people. Think about the worship team, the people that run the sound system, the people who work in the children's ministry, and many others. For these people, Sunday is a working day and in many cases, a working day where they aren't getting paid. Don't these people deserve a break on Christmas day?  

As an alternative, many churches around the country will hold service on Saturday night. Many would argue that the Bible doesn't clearly instruct us to worship on Sunday, so people still get to have their weekly large group worship while maintaining the ability to spend time with their families on Christmas.

What do you think? Should Christians be in church on Christmas? Is it wrong to cancel Sunday services?

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