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Churches Are Filling Up With "Chreasters"

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When Easter and Christmas are near studies show more Americans type the word "church" in their online search engines, hoping to find a nearby holiday service. And local pastors agree more people attend services on Easter than a normal Sunday.

Those only worshiping on Christmas and Easter have been called "Chreasters."

Research shows more people are looking for a church to attend during Easter than any other time of the year, but locals didn't need the numbers to agree with that.

"I think most people recognize what Easter is about and I think that has something to do with it," says Matt Vaudrin, who is attending church on Good Friday.

"People throughout the rest of the year may have forgotten, or they are too busy, or whatever there is something that still draws them to say wait a minute, the birth of the incarnation of the lord Jesus Christ and his death on behalf on my sins are conquering of his death are pretty significant event," says Douglas Vandermeulen, Pastor of Community Baptist Church in Fargo. He adds that people at his church come pretty consistently. But, he adds that typically more people show up to churches on holidays.

At the bottom of the list researchers say fewer people are doing online searches for a church during the week of Thanksgiving, and the summer months.

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