I thought of a catchphrase this morning that would warm any gossip columnist's heart for all of 2006 or 2007 (and it isn't even smutty):
Spears Lachey Wedding
In the spirit of Tomkat, Brangelina, and Bennifers I & II, we could call them "Britnick". I think we could also be guaranteed that when Ms. Spear's second husband made and album, he would not be laughed out of the house.
I also read a news article today that said that certain of those non-denominational "megachurches" will be closed on Sunday, December 25, 2005. Why? Christmas is a day for family they say. Evidently, the act of putting on a Sunday service for 8000 people takes a couple hundred people away from their homes on Christmas Day. Such services were poorly attended during the last few years. The megachurches will be having services on the days leading up to Christmas, but not Christmas itself.
I'm not sure how I feel about that. There's a certain "shock and awe" to realize that these churches pack in more people on any given Sunday than most rock concerts I've attended. There's also some outrage at the hypocrisy of it all; Christian neo-cons are raging about the liberal war on Christmas (and in particlular, saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas). How is it that that these churches in the heart of the Bible belt can't feel that neo-con Jesus love and get their butts to church on Christmas Sunday?
Yet, I can't really be critical. I've been more of a Christmas/Easter Catholic the last few years than an avid church-goer. Many churches offer vigil services and midnight services, and I've certainly enjoyed the Catholic versions in the past. Mostly, our family was an "open the gifts and get to 11am Mass" on Christmas morning though. Christmas doesn't feel right without Church for me... and to think that the Church won't even be open?
It feels weird.
on 2005-12-06 at 9:36 p.m.
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