Here are some amazing statistics from the "Christmas starts with Christ" campaign, backed by the Church of England and other august bodies. According to them
- only 12 per cent of adults in the UK know the nativity story
- more than one-third of British children don’t know whose birthday it is
- 51 per cent of people now say that the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas.
Even if you're one of those people who doesn't believe in Him, I think you should be alarmed. All those people are kept in ignorance about their roots, the history, culture and ethics of the society in which they live - if you can call it living when you're just dreaming of mince pies and getting more stuff.
Maybe you think it's time Christians wipe the dust off their feet, abandon the season to Tesco's and the turkey farmers and celebrate Jesus' birthday on some other day? There's a good case for it... But I think it may be worth one last effort before it's too late.
More people should get behind the "Christmas starts with Christ" campaign. Check out their website on www.christmasstartswithchrist.com