In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say “Happy Holidays” the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf, and other such traditions, many have felt as though we’ve been committing treason against the reason for the season.
New LifeWay Research data released yesterday afternoon suggests that most Americans concur with the Christian idea that Christmas should be more about Jesus.
Here are some key stats from the new data:
- 63% of Americans say poeople should visit church for Christmas
- 79% agree that Christmas should be more about Jesus
- 70% say Christmas would be better with a Christian focus
- 39% say “X-mas” is offensive
- 29% say “Happy Holidays” is offensive
- 56% say God’s son existed before Jesus was born in Bethlehem
Here’s an interesting point on the singing of Christmas songs in school music programs:
Most Americans (86 percent) say children in public schools should be allowed to sing religious Christmas songs in school-sponsored musicals. About one in 10 (12 percent) disagree. Two percent are not sure.
Nine in 10 women (89 percent) and eight in 10 men (83 percent) agree. So do most Westerners (80 percent)…Continue Reading