New research shows that fewer Americans want Christ in Christmas. Specifically, the number of Americans who think “Christmas should be more about Jesus” fell by 20% in four years.
61% of Americans wanted Christ in Christmas in 2014, LifeWay Research calculated. However, only 41% of Americans want Christ in Christmas in 2018. LifeWay Research is a Christian polling firm that gathers data to help church leaders with their ministry. LifeWay surveyed 1,004 people through the website KnowledgePanel, by mail, and by phone to gauge attitudes about Christ in Christmas. They conducted the survey between September 21 and September 23, 2018.
On the whole, LifeWay has discovered that fewer Americans want Christ in Christmas than ever. In addition, more Americans admit to being unsure about their faith.
Fewer Americans Want Christ In Christmas Than Four Years Ago
At this point, only a handful of Americans will openly admit that they want Christ out of Christmas. Nevertheless, the percentage of Americans who want Christ out of Christmas is growing considerably.
For example, 9% of Americans strongly disagreed with the statement “Christmas should be more about Jesus” in 2014. Yet, 11% of Americans now admit they strongly disagree with that same statement. As a consequence, we can clearly see that the number of Americans who admit they want Christ out of Christmas is growing at a steady rate.
Remarkably, fewer Americans want Christ in Christmas but they could be afraid to admit it. In particular, just 3% of Americans said they were not sure about Christ in Christmas in 2014. Notwithstanding, 16% of Americans will presently admit they are “not sure” about the statement “Christmas should be more about Jesus.”
As a result, Americans appear to be less sure about their faith in 2018 than in 2014.
Fewer Americans Want Christ In Christmas But Xmas Still Offends Them
The LifeWay Research data reveals that fewer Americans want Christ in Christmas because fewer people are offended by Xmas and Happy Holidays.
The number of Americans who think saying Xmas instead of Christmas is offensive fell by 10% in four years. In 2014, 25% of Americans found Xmas offensive. Today, only 15% of Americans say Xmas is offensive.
Moreover, the number of Americans who are unsure whether Xmas is offensive is growing. In detail, only 6% of Americans were not sure about Xmas in 2014. Nonetheless, 14% of Americans are unsure about Xmas today.