So, here's my two cents (and plug for my personal ecclesiology/church philosophy!) on the big bru-ha-ha over churches cancelling their gatherings on Sundays.
(Full disclosure- we meet in a rented facility that is pretty much unavailable for us on days like Christmas. So, we're meeting Christmas Eve, 10:30pm-12:01 am... if it was available to us, we'd settle the matter as a community, though I'd probably be pushing for us to meet)
I'm just going to say it... It seems as though the real problem here, that no one will say out loud, is that churches have gotten too dang big and too dang complicated.
Once upon a time, having church on Christmas meant someone unlocking the door, turning on the heat and picking a couple of carols for the accompianist to play as the people sang. We could have a morning together as a family, worship together as a community, and go home for a beautiful Christmas dinner.
Nowadays, it's a little more involved.
There are a lot of unintended consequences to big church. One which the current debate serves to highlight is the fact that big church unwittingly pits church VS family. This is true in a lot of areas, but let's focus on Christmas...
Why aewn't many having a church gathering on Christmas? Because the hours and the work and the volunteers it takes to carry off the average mega church service, not once but twice or even three or four times for many congregations is untenable in the face of times like Christmas. Our productions have gotten so involved, so detailed and labor intensive (not to mention the fact that the average church Christmas play/production just about kills everyone involved) that most churches would rather take the "hit" of cancelling for a Sunday rather than trying to round up the volunteers to make it all happen.
C'mon and admit it- there are a lot of good defenses and apologetics for the mega church- it's not all bad, but the real reason you can't have church on Christmas is because the production just got too big, and the volunteers would rebel at having to "work" Christmas.
Am I wrong?
Another good reason to grow continually but stay relatively small and simple through church planting!
Okay... stepping off soapbox, sorry for the confrontational tone!!