Tag Archives: holidays

When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

When are the Twelve Days of Christmas?

You can’t escape them. There are 12 Days of Christmas contests on the radio, 12 Days of Christmas sales at the mall, 12 Days of Christmas charity drives, and, of course, that very long song. Most people (in America, at least) seem to assume that these infamous twelve days describe those┬áleading up to Christmas Day,… Continue Reading

Shall We Observe Holidays?

Shall We Observe Holidays?

This essay was originally published during the Easter season, but it applies equally to celebrations of Advent and Christmas. Today (the day upon which I write this essay) is Maundy Thursday. Tomorrow will be Good Friday and this Sunday is Easter. In the liturgical calendar, each of these days has a special significance. Maundy Thursday… Continue Reading

Should we observe Independence Day in church?

Should we observe Independence Day in church?

A music pastor once asked me the question, “How do you treat holidays like the 4th of July in your church?” Great question; here are some short thoughts: We can’t ignore that the 4th of July is the day of our country’s birth (especially when it falls on a Lord’s Day), but neither should we… Continue Reading

How do you treat Independence Day in your Church?

How do you treat Independence Day in your Church?

A music pastor recently asked me the question, “How do you treat holidays like the 4th of July in your church?” Great question; here are some short thoughts: We can’t ignore that the 4th of July is the day of our country’s birth (especially when it falls on a Lord’s Day), but neither should we… Continue Reading