Many years ago, Christmas day was born. The goal was to celebrate
As time went on, the focus began to turn away from the original reason for the season to the ‘fun, jolly’ part.
Now, a new study has shown that more people no longer care about the religious aspect of Christmas as they only seem to enjoy the things that come with the holiday.
From holy to jolly
A Pew Research Center survey suggests that Americans are now celebrating just the secular part of the holiday, without the religious part.
The study showed that most millennials see and celebrate Christmas as a cultural holiday, not a religious one.
Only 46 percent of adults see it as what it really is, a religious holiday. This number has gone down from what it was in 2013, then 51 percent believed Christmas was a religious holiday, not a cultural thing.
Fewer people still believe the nativity story
This change comes more people confess that they no longer believe in the key aspects of the Christmas story ― the virgin birth and the wise men bringing Jesus gifts.
Researchers say the number of Christians who believe in all four elements declined from 81 percent in 2014 to 76 percent this year.
Now, 66 percent still believe that Jesus was born to a virgin, 75 percent agree that he was laid in a manger, 68 percent say that wise men, guided by a star, brought Jesus gifts, and only 67 percent still think that an angel announced Jesus’ birth to shepherds.
Ultimately, more Americans are choosing the fun parts of Christmas over the religious aspects of the holiday as nine in 10 U.S. adults celebrate the holiday.
The Pew survey was done on 1,503 U.S. adults and conducted by phone on Nov. 29 to December 4, 2017.
One can only hope that Nigerians refuse to join this new trend.