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November 26, 2010


How can you have a liturgical calendar without a liturgy?

"The Church Year in much of American Protestantism has gradually deteriorated into the two-holiday minimalism of Christmas and Easter observances (and even those are apparently negotiable)."

Actually it's the other way around. Protestants here, since colonial times, were known for not celebrating Christmas or other "holy" days, as other Reformed Christians in Europe. As a matter of fact, some Christian communities enacted laws prohibiting the celebration of Christmas. It was a later addition to Protestant life the observance of holidays such as Christmas from the influence of people such as Anglicans. I actually grew up among Hispanic Christians who did not observe holy days; they actually began observing Christmas recently, which is similar to what I have mentioned of the first Protestants in North America.

The only Protestants that I know of who continued the celebration of Christmas in the colonies were the Anglicans. But it's hard to see many of them as Protestants since they are known for being the Via Media. The Lutherans probably did as well; this does not surprise me since they don't affirm the regulative principle.

I personally don't care for any holy day. I agree with what one Presbyterian, Derek Thomas, said recently in reference to Thanksgiving, ""But, as I have often said about Christmas, "I love it, so long as you don't bring religion into it." (That's the "regulative principle" side of me expressing itself).""

Here is another interesting blog entry by a professor at Westminster Seminary CA about Reformed Christians and the Advent season. It also has a few good links on this issue.

I guess you can say that some of us Protestants are a part of the "War Against Christmas".

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