New LifeWay Research data released this week says that most Americans believe Christmas should be more about Jesus.
Some of the findings included:
- 63% of Americans say people should visit church for Christmas
- 79% agree that Christmas should be more about Jesus
- 70% say Christmas would be better with a Christian focus
- 39% say "X-mas" is offensive
- 29% say "Happy Holidays" is offensive
- 56% say God's son existed before Jesus was born in Bethlehem
“I was happy to see that, as prevalent as it may seem at times, not a ton of people are offended by ‘X-Mas’ or ‘Happy Holidays,’” Ed Stetzer wrote in a column in Christianity Today. “I value the ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting as much as anyone, but I've always been a little afraid that our anger toward alternative greetings may be hurting our witness more than helping it.
Also according to the report, a little more than half (56 percent) agree with the statement, “God’s son existed before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.” Three in 10 (29 percent), however, disagree. Fifteen percent said they weren’t sure.
Publication date: December 12, 2014