Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas – More and More a Cultural Christian Secular Holiday


This year more than ever, Americans prefer that stores and businesses welcome them with the more generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" than "Merry Christmas," according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
And for one in four American adults (26%), Dec. 25 is simply a cultural holiday, not a religious holy day….
Why the shift toward a more secular Christmas? One reason, Jones said, is that a decade ago, many more people identified as evangelicals, who (according to the poll) take the holiday most seriously. Today, they are 18% of Americans — outnumbered by the 20% who say they have no religious identity, Jones said….
Selling to the under-30 crowd? Skip the religious greeting, 66% of young adults say. "They didn't grow up with a stigma attached to being unreligious," Jones said….
Most adults are about as religious about Christmas as their families were in their childhood: 70% celebrated it then as a strongly or somewhat religious day, but 26% had a cultural celebration.


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