Christmas on Sunday

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Christmas on Sunday

Postby hansg » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:55 pm

Our ward leadership is getting ready to high-level calendar 2016 and I noticed that Christmas falls on a Sunday in 2016. I vaguely remember authorization for a shortened block the last time that happened, am I remembering correctly?

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Re: Christmas on Sunday

Postby russellhltn » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:11 pm

Last time was 2011. I'm not finding anything in the Handbook or the OCL, but I also remember shortened meetings. I think it was just sacrament meeting - and may have been shorted even then.
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Re: Christmas on Sunday

Postby aebrown » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:19 pm

A letter from the First Presidency dated July 18, 2011 made the following points:
  • Church services were to be limited to sacrament meeting (no mention of a non-standard meeting length);
  • Fast Sunday should be scheduled for a day other than January 1, 2012;
  • For socials scheduled for New Year's Eve, dancing should be discontinued at midnight, but a supper could be served if it ended by 1:30am;
  • Regular Sunday meetings would be held on January 1.
Of course, there's no guarantee that the same pattern will be followed next year, but it's a reasonable guess.

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Re: Christmas on Sunday

Postby lajackson » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:22 pm

hansg wrote:Our ward leadership is getting ready to high-level calendar 2016 and I noticed that Christmas falls on a Sunday in 2016. I vaguely remember authorization for a shortened block the last time that happened, am I remembering correctly?

You are remembering correctly. And it would be prudent to plan for the normal schedule until such a letter is received from the First Presidency this time. Christmas has fallen on Sunday before, and there has not been a letter as there was in 2011.

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Re: Christmas on Sunday

Postby aebrown » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:08 pm

lajackson wrote:
hansg wrote:Our ward leadership is getting ready to high-level calendar 2016 and I noticed that Christmas falls on a Sunday in 2016. I vaguely remember authorization for a shortened block the last time that happened, am I remembering correctly?

You are remembering correctly. And it would be prudent to plan for the normal schedule until such a letter is received from the First Presidency this time. Christmas has fallen on Sunday before, and there has not been a letter as there was in 2011.

Although it's true that there hasn't been a letter yet, I would note that the letter in 2011 was issued on a date that would correspond to July 2016. So although it's certainly prudent to plan on a normal schedule until we hear otherwise, it seems quite premature to read anything into the fact that no letter has yet arrived, when the corresponding letter date is still 8 months in the future.

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Re: Christmas on Sunday

Postby lajackson » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:21 pm

aebrown wrote:A letter from the First Presidency dated July 18, 2011 made the following points:
  • Church services were to be limited to sacrament meeting (no mention of a non-standard meeting length);
  • Fast Sunday should be scheduled for a day other than January 1, 2012;
  • For socials scheduled for New Year's Eve, dancing should be discontinued at midnight, but a supper could be served if it ended by 1:30am;
  • Regular Sunday meetings would be held on January 1.
Of course, there's no guarantee that the same pattern will be followed next year, but it's a reasonable guess.

Very reasonable indeed and It is no longer a guess. A First Presidency letter dated June 20, 2016 provides the same guidelines for Christmas 2016 and New Year's Day 2017. The letter is at the Official Communication Library.


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