- Luke 2:10-11
Santa Claus, elves, snowmen, snowflakes, garlands, Christmas tree, mistletoe, holly, candy canes... When I look at all the images that are supposed to represent Christmas and how little of it makes people think of the reason we are celebrating the day and why it is even called Christmas, it does make you stop and think. Of the religious/cultural holidays that are celebrated, it seems to be the most removed from its religious origins. A survey by Pew Research Center (PRC) found that 81% of non-Christian celebrate Christmas. A quote from History.com stated "Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities." In another survey, the PRC found a decline in Catholics who believe in the religious aspects of Christmas and find it more to be a cultural holiday. This is more true in the younger generations than the older generations. In fact, when I did my own Google search using the word Christmas, the only image of the baby Jesus was an outdoor light display that was not clear. All other images were of snowmen, Christmas trees by the fireplace and Santa.