What Do Christians Really Believe About Christmas?

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ChristianWith the hype, commercialism, and pagan roots of Christmas, it’s natural to question what Christians really believe about Christmas. A group of 110,000 or more Bible readers were offered the opportunity to contribute in four polls about Christmas, and below are the results.

Overview:

  • 25 Percent of Christians do not believe in celebrating Christmas.
  • 83 Percent of Christians do not believe December 25 is when Jesus Christ was born.
  • 64 Percent of Christians are not OK with letting kids believe in Santa Claus.
  • 39 Percent of Christians are not OK with having a Christmas tree in a church building.

This report summarizes four separate polls about Christmas, conducted in December 2012 from is King James Bible Facebook page.


Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Question:
“Do you think Christians should celebrate Christmas?”

Response:
Yes – 71% (95 people)
No – 25% (33 people)
Not sure – 2% (3 people)

134 people answered among 1,277 who saw the post. Asked on December 21, 2012.

Interpretation:
Most Bible-reading Christians say ‘Yes’, Christians should celebrate Christmas. Nearly three times as many Bible-reading Christians say they should celebrate Christmas than those who do not. However, it is significant that 1/4 of Bible-reading Christians indicating that Christians should not celebrate Christmas.

Sample comments from those in favor:
“It’s good to celebrate xmas as a season for the whole world”
“That is the day Jesus was born. Of course.”
“Why wouldn’t it be good for believers to celebrate the birth of our Saviour???”
“Yes! This is our Celebration of Jesus’ Birthday! There isn’t anything else to say.”

Sample comments from those NOT in favor:
“Xmas is for the world not for Christians.”
“Christians should not celebrate Christmas. If God really wanted us to celebrate His birthday He would not have made it so mysterious for us. We are encouraged to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ everyday.”
“To Me Celebrating Christmas Is Worshiping Idols As Indicated In Jeremiah 10”
“What do presents, shiny lights, a tree, and a fat santa claus have to do with Jesus Christ?”


Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?
Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?

Question:
“Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?”

Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?
Response:
Yes – 11% (27 people)
No – 83% (208 people)
Not sure – 6% (16 people)

251 people answered among 4,440 who saw the post. Asked on December 7, 2012.

Interpretation:
A vast majority of Bible-readers do not believe December 25th is the true birthday of Jesus, but many are still in support of celebrating it. Nearly 7 times more of the Bible readers believe December 25th is not Jesus Christ’s birthday than those who do.


OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?
OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?

Question:
“Do you think it’s OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?”

Do you think it’s OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?Response:
Yes, it’s just for fun – 28% (52 people)
I think so – 2% (3 people)
Neutral / no opinion – 6% (11 people)
Maybe not – 1% (2 people)
Definitely not, it’s a lie – 64% (121 people)

Interpretation:
The results show extreme opinions with few responses in between. More than twice as many Bible readers believe that it is ‘definitely’ not OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus. However, it is also significant that one third of Bible readers think it’s OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus.

189 people answered among 3,114 who saw the post. Asked on December 20, 2012.


OK to have a Christmas tree in a church building?
OK to have a Christmas tree in church building?

Question:
“Do you think it’s OK to have a Christmas tree in a church building?”

Do you think it’s OK to have a Christmas tree in a church building?Response:
Yes – 58% (108 people)
No – 39% (72 people)
Not sure / it depends – 3% (6 people)

Interpretation:
Christians are divided on this issue. Christmas trees in church sanctuaries and lobbies seem to be a common occurrence during the Christmas holiday season and this poll indicates that 39 percent disagree with having them there.

186 people answered among 2,249 who saw the post. Asked on December 21, 2012.


SUMMARY
These four polls were conducted in December 2012, using the King James Bible Facebook page. The most interesting statistics are listed at the top of the page in red. While the poll data shows differences of opinion about Christmas, the comments pointed to a unifying belief in celebrating Jesus Christ, which represents salvation, forgiveness, and hope of eternal life.

The demographics of the 110,000+ users of this page are as follows:

  • 100% have ‘liked’ the King James Bible Facebook Page. Mostly scriptures are posted to the page. We can presume the users are Bible readers.
  • 96% reported they are Christians
  • 82% reported they have been a Christian for more than 10 years
  • 79% reported having read the entire Bible at least once.
  • Female 59.5% / Male 40.1%
  • 65% live in the United States.

For more information, please contact the King James Bible Online.

14 thoughts on “What Do Christians Really Believe About Christmas?”

  1. A lot of people were just commenting about this on Facebook. Christians seem to want both the world’s ways and God’s ways and they are not compatible. Christmas is how the world celebrates Christmas and the focus isn’t necessarily about Jesus Christ. I think that’s why in the poll many don’t celebrate Christmas, because it’s secularized and more about gifts and trees and santa than anything Christian.

  2. Interesting stats! Churches should be more careful about their trees and make sure its about Jesus and not the typical pagan stuff thrown in. Check out Jeremiah 10:1-25 – it says right there that cutting down trees and decorating them is vanity. THE BIBLE SAYS IT RIGHT THERE! Seriously, if you are a Bible believing Christian, then you might be a little embarrassed about putting a tree up from now on. And having Santa Claus giving out gifts in churches is ridiculous. Kids idolize him like he’s Jesus Christ.

  3. Don’t confuse the church and the bible. Jesus never did
    Jer 10:2 “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them.3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless;they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.

  4. I believe everyday should be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in our hearts as believers because of His salvation for mankind.

  5. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Ex.23:2
    Don’t base your convictions on what other people believe! Actually read the Scripture and follow the Holy Spirit. This is what is wrong with the ideology of Laodecia which pervades the church in our day.

  6. Christmas is a pagan holiday that has deceived many and worked it’s way into the church. Christ instructed us to remember him with Communion and not his birthday. Which ISN’T in December. We’ve all done things in ignorance and God of course forgives us. It’s time for Christians to grow up in the Word Of God and stop pagan practices within the church. Do just a bit of research and you’ll find out how much paganism has slipped in. God Bless you and I mean no ill will to anyone. In fact I pray we can love and respect each other while we all seek to know god better.

  7. If you really are a Christian , not just saying you are, then how could you possibly not celebrate your Saviors birth? I realize this is probably not the actual date, but it is the day that America set aside to celebrate Jesus’ birth years ago and I’m sure they never thought it would become materialistic as it has.

    Love you all.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  8. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Ex.23:2
    Don’t base your convictions on what other people believe! Actually read the Scripture and follow the Holy Spirit. This is what is wrong with the ideology of Laodecia which pervades the church in our day. “…well, my preacher says its ok.”
    Your pastor may be a hireling!

  9. Thank God for all the love you give to us everyday an for being so patient with us enough to forgive us everyday for our sins amen.

  10. The Bible says that the shepards slept with their flocks by night in the fields which in that part of the world would be around the feast of trumpets in late September to early October. They could not or would not be in the fields with their sheep the 25th of December. That date was chosen when after the Roman emperor Constantine was converted and he wanted to appease the pagans he chose the SUN day worship day of the pagans instead of the SON of God birthday.

    1. I believe Christ to be born during the feast of tabernacles. Which is a jewish high holiday, it was commanded that all attend. That would explain why there was no room at the inn. I find it also interesting that it is the only feast that is eight days long. (and on the eighth day the male child will be circumcised). If you research the priest Zechariah, John the Baptist father and the course of Abijah. John the Baptist you know was born then six months the birth of Jesus, which still seems to come to thissame time period.

  11. Son Of GOD(Jesus the Christ) has no birth day for he iwas GOD in flesh for our sakes and at an appoited time recall in the book of Genesis The God of the heavens said lets us make man in ourt image he was there on creation he on earth even sain Isaac rejoiced to see my day and further before Abraham he was.Its a daily spiritual birth as we die daily to SIN until perfection through Gos grace

  12. Jesu Christ our rdeember has no birthday recall let us create man in our image he came in the flech100%human and 100% divinity.The birth should be more of a spiritual one as we die to SIN daily.Recall Isaac rejoiced to see my day compare before Abraham i was.Lets me critical about pagan/heathen rituals as they imprint negativity see Phil 4v8

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