Wow, the Christmas season is almost past us and...I'm tired! This time of the year is always hectic in the church world. There are certain expectations that come along with December - music that we only do during that month, major decorations (ours are amazing this year!), jam packed Christmas Eve services, and occasionally, a few minutes to hit the mall with the masses.
This is also usually not a great month for Sunday attendance. It seems like people are so busy that they save up their church time for Christmas Eve. But this year has been different. We have actually grown, and last Sunday had our largest non-Easter attendance ever!
Christmas Eve should be interesting. We are doing two - one at 11am and one at 6pm. I have no idea how the attendance will shake out, but we are preparing for everything. The 6:00 will have few extras like: a marshmallow roasting pit, carolers outside, and a visit from Santa for the kiddies. I was wavering a bit on having Santa until my wife invited one of our neighbors who does not attend church, and they told her they will probably come because they haven't been able to take the kids to see Santa yet. Ok...we'll have Santa.
It's been a great month and I can't wait until January!