Only 10% of adults across the UK think that its religious meaning is the most important thing about Christmas, a Gfk NOP survey commissioned by The Children’s Society reveals today (1 December).
The trend is most noticeable among younger adults, where just 4% of 25-34 year olds compared to 20% of those over 60, gave the religious connotations of Christmas a top rating.
Overall, spending time with family and friends is seen as more important to most people (67%) than its religious significance as the birth date of Jesus.
But on the flip side there could be a move away from materialism this Christmas, as only 3% vote ‘giving and receiving presents’ as being of primary importance to them. At the same time, 86% of those polled agree that Christmas has become too commercialised.
The findings are released as The Children’s Society’s annual Christingle campaign gets underway across the country. The charity hopes to raise more than £1 million to help vulnerable young people.
It is clear that the impact of Government cuts and fears of more austerity to come are being felt by families this year. A high percentage (60%) of people with children in the survey say they are likely to cut back on spending this Christmas.
Some 17 per cent of adults with children also say they are prepared to go into debt to make sure that their family enjoys Christmas – compared to seven per cent of adults who do not have children.
Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: “The commercialisation of Christmas could lead to parents and families falling into increased debt over Christmas, putting a greater strain on them in a time of already increased economic insecurity.”
Rather than getting into debt or worrying about money this Christmas, The Children’s Society is inviting people to discover again the traditional joys of the festive season.
The Right Reverend Bishop Tim Thornton, Chair of The Children’s Society, said: “Whatever people's particular religion, most people will enjoy being with their family. That is good. I'm not surprised that only 10 per cent of people think the religious meaning is the most important thing to them about Christmas. We need to put the Christian message in front of people more clearly.
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This trend towards the secularization of Christmas seems to be spreading, even in the USA. Perhaps this trend will work to the advantage of the teachings of The Urantia Book, as it reveals Jesus' real birthday as being August 21, 7 BC.
In the future, we may see a shift from this materialistic season in December, to a more religious observance in August to honor the remembrance of Jesus' birth...?
From The Urantia Book:
Paper 122 - BIRTH AND INFANCY OF JESUS
122:8.1 All that night Mary was restless so that neither of them slept much. By the break of day the pangs of childbirth were well in evidence, and at noon, August 21, 7 B.C., with the help and kind ministrations of women fellow travelers, Mary was delivered of a male child. Jesus of Nazareth was born into the world, was wrapped in the clothes which Mary had brought along for such a possible contingency, and laid in a near-by manger.
In just the same manner as all babies before that day and since have come into the world, the promised child was born; and on the eighth day, according to the Jewish practice, he was circumcised and formally named Joshua (Jesus).
Here's another interesting article from Truthbook:
When Is Jesus' Birthday?