This Christmas I discovered personally that even our United States have a lot of cultural differences that need to be conquored in the name of Christ and worship of Him.
This year my Christmas Eve was 70 degrees. I’ve never had such a warm Christmas season in my memory. That also meant that there was no snow. I think that was also a first. Instead of two worship services (7:30 and 11pm) was a single service at 5pm. And instead of closing the service by singing “Silent Night” we sang “Happy Birthday to Jesus”.
It’s important to note that there was almost nothing wrong with these cultural changes in worship. They just take more concentration when worshipping to a suprise song of “Happy Birthday”. But our God is still the same and Jesus was met just as clearly without snow and jackets and late services and old hymns.
Hopefully God continues to teach us all how to worship and serve Him without being distracted by cultural traditions. Merry Christmas!