I’ve been doing a bit of a review of Christmas and I think we need to make an adjustment going forward.
This, of course, is coming from a guy who only works one day a week and on the same day every week … they call us pastors.
I don’t really only work one day a week, but I’ve had many conversations with people over the years who think I only punch the clock on Sundays.
But like that same, one day I work each week, I think that we should celebrate Christmas on the same day of the week every year.
You know, they do that with the Super Bowl and with Thanksgiving and, well, there are many holidays we celebrate on a certain day of the week.
It’s birthdays we don’t celebrate on any particular day of the week, but on whichever day they land on.
… I guess I see the point of Christmas falling on different days of the week. After all, we are celebrating the birthday of Christ.
But the thing is we don’t really know what day he was born on so the actual day is not as significant as, say, what day June 16th falls on. That’s my birthday, by the way.
And here is my big appeal, my proposal for when we celebrate Christmas: let’s set Christmas Day as being the Monday on or following December 25th.
So what if some years Christmas would fall on New Year’s Eve – like next year? That’s even better – we’d get two holidays in a row!
Sure, some people who normally get the week off between Christmas and New Year’s would get ripped off a little. … Maybe they could just give everyone the week off following Christmas/New Year’s.
I’m just proposing this because a Monday Christmas would work so much better into a pastor’s schedule.
And who’s the busy guy around Christmas anyway?
No, not Santa – a pastor!
This Christmas has been the easiest on my life in years. And I have to wait for 2023 until this same scenario comes around again.
This year there was thankfully no Christmas Eve Service on a Wednesday, leaving me just two days to get a sermon ready while trying to enjoy my family being around.
Yes, there are things we pastors do to prepare for those kinds of years, but it definitely puts more pressure on us.
We don’t get to relax and fully immerse ourselves in family, fun and food … well, maybe we do get to fully engage in the food part.
The bottom line is that having Christmas on a Monday gives me the most time to be prepare for the next Sunday. It gives me more wiggle room to be all in for both Christmas celebrating and Christmas work.
Something tells me that this is only a pipe-dream of mine and that we are not going to set a specific day of the week to celebrate Christmas on.
I guess I’ll just have to keep preparing for Christmas like always and look forward to six years from now when I’ll get to enjoy Christmas like I did this year.
Here’s the thing: We can enjoy the Christmas holiday; we can also busy ourselves so that it’s not so enjoyable. The most important thing is that we celebrate and worship Christ all year long, every day. There should be no set day for that. Make every day the day you spend time with God, and thank Him for sending Jesus.
Question: What did you like best about this Christmas? Leave your comments below.