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Old Mar 28, '10, 9:11 am
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Default Church of Christ doesn't celebrate Easter/Christmas

I have a friend who belongs to the Church of Christ (the more traditional version, not the more liberal version, there seem to be several different "types" of COC).

They don't celebrate Easter or Christmas as religious holidays. I jokingly made a comment to him about not caring that Jesus died on the cross for him (it really was a joke, and he knew that). He replied that they remember that every Sunday at church, and I get that, we do too ... But I still really just don't get that they don't celebrate Easter (or Christmas).

What would an appropriate response be to why we celebrate Easter and Christmas as religious holidays, and not just remembering those sacrifices at mass?
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I have a friend who belongs to the Church of Christ (the more traditional version, not the more liberal version, there seem to be several different "types" of COC).

They don't celebrate Easter or Christmas as religious holidays. I jokingly made a comment to him about not caring that Jesus died on the cross for him (it really was a joke, and he knew that). He replied that they remember that every Sunday at church, and I get that, we do too ... But I still really just don't get that they don't celebrate Easter (or Christmas).

What would an appropriate response be to why we celebrate Easter and Christmas as religious holidays, and not just remembering those sacrifices at mass?
Do the members of this church celebrate their own birthdays or those of family members and friends?

Is not the single most important event in the life of every Christian not worthy of its own special celebration?
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I have a friend who belongs to the Church of Christ (the more traditional version, not the more liberal version, there seem to be several different "types" of COC).

They don't celebrate Easter or Christmas as religious holidays. I jokingly made a comment to him about not caring that Jesus died on the cross for him (it really was a joke, and he knew that). He replied that they remember that every Sunday at church, and I get that, we do too ... But I still really just don't get that they don't celebrate Easter (or Christmas).

What would an appropriate response be to why we celebrate Easter and Christmas as religious holidays, and not just remembering those sacrifices at mass?
Now I don't know anything about their religion but to me if they don't want to celebrate Easter or Christmas that is their choice. I see no where where is say you have to celebrate these 2 holidays. For me it is a special time to remember the reason Christ was born and the reason he died for us.
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Old Mar 28, '10, 11:41 am
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yes our neighboring church on the next block, of this denom, papered cars in our parking lot this morning with pamphlets including the Easter is Ishtar libel and similar anti-Catholic hate speech regarding our celebration of feasts of the Lord. sadly it is very windy this morning, and they carelessly stamped their contact info on the flyers so if local law enforcement picks up the strays which are now violating the litter laws, they will have to be accountable.
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Yes, they celebrate birthdays.

I guess I was just stumped on how to respond when he said they celebrate Easter and Christmas every Sunday ... because we do, too. He also said that Jesus wasn't born on December 25 and Easter isn't on the right date either ... but I guess I felt like the events happened "sometime" so does it really matter when we celebrate them? And yes, like someone else said, it's the biggest single event (Christ's death and resurrection) for a Christian, so isn't it due some pretty major pomp and circumstance?
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I have friends who belong to a CofC, not liberal at all, spend almost all day Sunday at worship and Bible study... like the OP said, no Christmas services, BUT they do put up a tree and give gifts.... and I think they do Easter egg hunts, too.... FWIW, my $0.02....
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My first wife was a member of the Church of Christ. As I recall, they referred to Easter as "Resurrection Sunday."
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