Today I almost laughed out loud when a radio announcer said that some business was open until Christmas Eve Eve. Obviously the guy doesn’t realize that Dec. 24 is not Christmas “Eve” all day. What he meant to say was that it stays open until the evening of December 24, and one “Christmas Eve” would have sufficed. Christmas “Eve” doesn’t technically begin until the Vespers of Dec. 24, the Eve of the Festival of our Lord’s Nativity. The actual Festival is December 25, which I am beginning to find many Christians (and congregations) simply ignore. At my previous parish I held a Christmas Day Communion service every year, and it was usually very poorly attended. I’m not expecting this year to be any different, especially since my present congregation hasn’t celebrated Christmas Day for several years I am told.
This is the kind of thing that just irks me about the Modern (or should I say, post-modern) Church. People make such a big stink over “putting the Christ back into Christmas,” and to what end? So that we can all just sit at home on the actual Festival of our Lord’s Nativity and drink our egg-knog? That is about what it amounts to. The same people who blow a gasket at the fact that the schools now call their parties “Winter parties” rather than “Christmas parties” couldn’t care less if Holy Communion was celebrated in honor of this holy day, or if the Gospel is preached.
If we’re going to call ourselves “Church,” then let’s be the Church! Of course I say all of this “in the way of the Gospel.” 😉