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Calendars as Catechesis

November 20th, 2023 | 3 min read

By Jake Meador

Occasionally in the crustier fringes of the reformed world you'll encounter annoying debates about whether or not to celebrate Christmas. Scripture doesn't explicitly endorse the commemoration of Christ's birth, after all, and besides we have no way of knowing exactly when his birth was and marking it on December 25 is at least somewhat arbitrary.

This is, as I said, an annoying conversation and one I'm not terribly interested in having. What is more interesting is one of the arguments that arises when this conversation takes a less annoying turn: If budgets are moral documents, as some have said, then so too are calendars educational documents. 

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).