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Blue Christmas: Churches Acknowledge That the Season of Joy Isn’t Always Joyous

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Blue Christmas: Churches Acknowledge That the Season of Joy Isn’t Always Joyous


The church was festooned with a green wreath above the altar cross and rows of red and white poinsettias. But the lights were dim and the candles were ready, along with small packets of tissues placed strategically in each pew.

The Blue Christmas service at First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., was just what Charles Pugh, who worshipped alongside a couple of dozen others, needed that cold night in the nation’s capital.

Pugh, a Washington musician who visited the church for the special service, is estranged from his family.

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