One of the things that came up last week was difficulty celebrating the holidays. Sometimes it can be hard to get some family time on the holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, when you lead in a church. 


Solution given by one of the very smart wives: Don’t worry about celebrating holidays on the actual days, just celebrate them.


My family already does this at Easter. We do our egg hunt, Easter baskets, egg dying, and Easter dinner all on Good Friday. Since we don’t have services that day, but LOTS Saturday and Sunday, it is a free day for us. We used to celebrate on Sunday like most other families. Jud would come home after preaching 8 services, and I would stick a basket full of eggs in his hand and send him out back to hide them. He was so tired that he pretty much just threw them wherever and didn’t worry too much about hiding them. Once those were found, he would head upstairs to crash for the rest of the day. Leaving the kids and I on our own to celebrate.


So a few years ago, I moved everything to Friday. It is wonderful. We dress the kids up in their Easter outfits. We all have fun and spend the whole day together. We top it off with an Easter dinner on the town somewhere. Eating out is always my idea of a celebration.


For some reason, it never occurred to me to do Christmas the same way. So, starting this December, we will have a new Wilhite family tradition. We will do all of our family Christmas before all of the Christmas Eve services start the 23rd and 24th. Imagine, a Christmas morning with a Daddy who can stay awake long enough to actually watch his kids play with their Christmas gifts. That will be so great!


What are some great secrets and family traditions that have helped you really make the most of the holidays?

5 thoughts on “Holidays

  1. Cyndi

    This is such a great idea. Marc doesn’t have to preach as much (usually only two services on Sunday) so we eat dinner out on Sunday afternoon (sometimes the kids are even able to join us). He gets to unwind, relax and I don’t have to spend time in the kitchen, which allows us time to talk. Because once he goes home for the evening he usually crashes. Now that the kids are grown we are thinking about having a family dinner night once a month (especially since the kids worship at different places).

  2. gretchenannlee

    Our church does Christmas services before Christmas…we never had Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services. They are almost always the weekend before, Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning. Most people think it’s crazy, but having a husband on staff….I think it’s AWESOME! We are always with our family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It is like a little extra holiday bonus because I know that’s not the norm in ministry.

  3. Brenda

    When I was working as a nurse I had to work every other Christmas, my sons still remember how fun it was to have Santa come early!! It’s a great idea Lori, I know I never wanted to miss out on the excitement of Christmas morning with little kids!

  4. mandy

    The boys and I go to bed early on Christmas eve and my Husband has service at 10 or 11 pm so he comes home after that, takes a little power nap and then we all get up at 3 am to open presents. It is great and so exciting. Then we pack up and head to VA to celebrate with our families. The kids crash after all the excitement in the car and sleep for at least part of the trip home (6 hours). I usually drive so Dave can sleep and then I get a nap that afternoon with the baby. It is fun b/c we get to have ‘our’ Christmas and still be with our families on Christmas too.

  5. Angie

    Christmas Eve can be kind of lonely for me. Tim usually has to work all day. Since I don’t have a big family usually the girls and I are just hanging out at home. I usually plan to go to the very last service on Christmas Eve so we can at least all go home together. One year (I can’t remember why) we stopped by a pizza place on our way home from services at Central. Since then it’s become a tradition with my girls. They expect pizza on Christmas Eve. The pizza place in Henderson even got to know it was a tradition for us because we did it for so many years. Since moving to MI we decided to keep that tradition going.

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