The Christmas Story: Ralphie vs. Baby Jesus
Christmas in America: Ralphie vs. Baby
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
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.