BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -

Many people spent Wednesday morning around the Christmas tree, while others spent time reflecting on the meaning of Christmas at church.

The Salem United Methodist Church in Blountville was just one of the churches in our area who held services Wednesday morning. Church-goers sang Christmas carols and took Holy Communion.

The church's Pastor Will Shewey tells us the service sends message to the community about the true meaning of the holiday. "People feel that maybe Christmas Day it's not appropriate to have worship, but we want to convey to the community that this indeed is a very spiritual day. There is so much emphasis placed on the secular and all of the commercialism of the holiday too often the churches are silent," he said.

Shewey tells us the church has been around for more than 200 years. When he became pastor five years ago he started the Christmas Day worship service as a new tradition.