If you wake up Christmas morning to a blanket of icy snow covering the roads or a fever high enough to keep you in bed all day, don't fret. You can still partake in your December 25th tradition of attending church from the comfort of your own home.
In today's digital age, online streaming options let you celebrate the birth of Christ through technology in real time. It may not replace the physical act of attending service, but it's the next best option for someone sick, traveling, or stuck inside due to inclement weather — here's everything you need to know.
Find the church service for you.
Though your local church may not offer a streaming option on Christmas Day, there's a good chance you can find a live broadcasting option from a different community on their church website, YouTube, or an app.
Going the website route? If you're Catholic, you can visit for all papal programming. Another option: lets you stream a wide range of Christian services online for free.
Other churches may take advantage of . All it takes is a quick search and the click of a play button on YouTube to access daily services from communities like or — no subscription required.
You can also download apps to stream services on , , , , or even on your phone through Android and iOS apps. is one option available, but you can check out (an app that hosts live services) to find other fellowship options.
Get a full screen experience.
You don't have to stay confined to your laptop (that is, unless you want to watch from bed). Consider ordering an HDMI cable, which allows you to share an Internet connection among two devices.
In this case, you'd be looking to connect your laptop, which is streaming your selected live mass, to your TV, so that you can watch the service on a bigger screen. All you have to do is connect the HDMI ports on your computer and your TV and you're all set.
Test your stream beforehand.
This is key! Try streaming a service before the one you've chosen for your Christmas celebration has started so that you can address any unprecedented issues as they manifest. Happy streaming!