Image via Vintage Postcards for the Holidays by Robert and Claudine Reed
You know, the wise men were almost certainly not present at the Nativity, but whatever.
Today was, I think, the first time I've ever attended a worship service on Christmas Day. Unlike Roman Catholics (and Episcopalians?), Presbyterians do not have a tradition of worshiping on Christmas Day, unless Christmas happens to fall on a Sunday, which doesn't happen very often. This is only the fifth time in my lifetime it's happened. The last two times (1994 and 1988) were in years during which I was not regularly attending worship services. As for 1977 and 1983, I have no memory of attending a worship service on those days. I suspect I didn't because my mom was not one to let something like Sunday worship get in the way of her Christmas Day traditions.