Kristofer Skrade, a minister and author of the Christian Handbook (Augsburg), says pastors can spot a holiday holy- roller a mile away. Thats why he recommends going to a large church where its easier to blend in with the regular parishioners.
If thats not an option, Skrade recommends visiting your churchs website beforehand to familiarize yourself with the priest and staffs names that way you come off sounding like youre up on the churchs news if you happen to encounter one of the staff.
Skrade recommends bringing a lot of family and friends with you to Christmas services so that if a priest approaches you to chastise you for skipping services, you can defuse the situation by introducing him to your friends.
Or, he says, try slipping the reverend a stocking stuffer because, People will be more likely to overlook your attendance laxity with a box of chocolates in their hands.
Finally, Skrade says dont sing loudly or gush over the sermon. It just makes you stand out more as an irregular.
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