Bexar County, Texas is a place where Baptist churches come together to commemorate holidays and special occasions throughout the year. On June 19th, thousands of people gather to celebrate the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas were freed. This holiday is not officially recognized by any of the historic Baptist denominations, but it is still celebrated among family and friends. Christmas is one of the most popular holidays celebrated by Baptists in Bexar County.
The influence of missionary Charlotte Digges (“Lottie Moon”) was a major factor in the acceptance of Christmas celebrations in Southern Baptist culture. Over time, the fact that Southern Baptists accepted a Christmas offering to support missions made it more acceptable to incorporate additional Christmas themes into churches. At a time when Christmas was slow to arrive in New England, Southerners made it a legal holiday in most states starting with Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana in the 1830s. In 1888, the newly founded Women's Missionary Union (WMU) accepted the challenge and began collecting a Christmas offering through women in Southern Baptist churches.
In addition to Christmas, there are other holidays and special occasions celebrated by Baptists in Bexar County. The Salvation Army Adopt a Family program offers free Christmas gifts and meals for those who qualify. Saint Vincent de Paul is another charity that provides assistance during the holidays and support throughout the year. Bexar County offices and departments are closed during these holidays.
Search for agencies in San Antonio and Bexar County for free Christmas gifts, requests to buy toys for young children, books, and more. The Salvation Army: San Antonio and Bexar County Command Area is located at 521 W Elmira, San Antonio, TX 78212. For information on obtaining a marriage license, contact the Bexar County Clerk's Office at (2) 335-2221 or visit their website for more information about marriage. Lucy Adame-Clark is the Bexar County Clerk at Central Department of Civil Archives, 100 Dolorosa, Suite 104, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Baptists in Bexar County celebrate holidays and special occasions with unique regional customs such as consuming pork instead of poultry and decorating with anything green found in nature except holly, evergreen leaves, and mistletoe. Firearm discharges, fireworks, and bonfires are also popular activities during these celebrations.