Rasmussen Reports has published some interesting poll results on Christmas in the past couple of weeks.
According to Rasmussen,
- 67% of Americans think Christmas should be more about Jesus than Santa Claus;
- 75% think Christmas should be celebrated in Public Schools;
- 66% prefer “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays;”
This tracks with a poll from 2012 that found 60% of Americans celebrate Christmas primarily as a religious holiday.
While these numbers are interesting by themselves, on the whole they show Americans overwhelmingly celebrate Christmas and that Christmas is viewed as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also legitimately recognized as a federal holiday. With that in mind, why are there so many efforts underway right now to try to make Christmas about something other than Christ or prevent Christmas from being celebrated publicly? Why should a public official or public Christmas display be expected to recognize any element of the Christmas celebration except the very event Christmas celebrates?