I’m a big fan of Christmas, so I was looking forward to the Christmas program at Church this morning. While the choir sang two Christmas numbers and two of our congregational hymns were also from the Christmas section of the hymnal, the talks had nothing to do with Christmas. We have five missionaries serving in our ward (three sisters and two elders), and each of them spoke. I’m not sure what the theme was supposed to be, or if there even was one; I guess it was on missionary work. I couldn’t believe it; we had visitors in the congregation who doubtless had come expecting a Christmas service, but no such service was presented; I imagine them scratching their heads as they left the building.
I assumed this was just some sort of weird fluke of scheduling in our ward and put it out of my mind. But I just read a comment on Facebook where a sister reports that their ward’s sacrament meeting theme was on tithing. That reminds me of the year, about a decade ago, when my ward devoted the Easter Sunday talks to tithing. Now, Easter moves around on the calendar, and in that case I’m pretty sure it was just a matter of someone being a little too efficient in long-term planning of sacrament themes without bothering to consult an actual calendar. But I can’t fathom that someone would not be aware that this is the Sunday immediately preceding Christmas, so no such lunar calendar explanation would fly. Can you imagine if you brought your neighbors to our Christmas service, only for them to have to sit through an hour of sermons on the concept of tithing? That is unthinkable to me.
So now I’m curious. Are we outliers, or were there other wards out there where for whatever reason they whiffed on providing an actual Christmas program and instead devoted the service to some other topic? Return and report!