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The Christmas Story: Ralphie vs. Baby Jesus

The Christmas Story: Ralphie vs. Baby Jesus

Christmas in America: Ralphie vs. Baby Jesus

Ninety-four percent of Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, reports a new survey commissioned by American Bible Society and conducted by Harris Interactive.

Yet just 15 percent of those surveyed say that reading the Bible’s account of the birth of Christ is part of their holiday traditions. In contrast, 30 percent intend to watch the 1983 film A Christmas Story and 29 percent look forward to viewing the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Fewer than half of Americans (42 percent) were able to correctly identify what brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for Jesus’ birth—reporting for a census. 

“Everything we know about Christmas comes from the pages of the Bible,” said ABS Chief Communication Officer Geoffrey Morin. “I hope these survey findings will encourage people to take a step back and consider making the biblical account of Christmas part of their celebrations.”

Do you want to set different priorities this holiday season? American Bible Society has Bible resources that can help. Use the Bible to prepare your heart for the Christmas story by signing up for a 25-day Christmas devotional for the season of Advent. We will email you a reflection on God’s Word every day.