A recently released study conducted by Pew Research has found that among surveyed Americans, only about half consider Christmas to be an inherently religious holiday.
In results reported Wednesday, Pew's Religion & Public Life Project found that 51 percent of Americans viewed Christmas as more of a religious holiday than cultural.
Thirty-two percent of respondents considered Christmas more cultural than religious, with 9 percent giving other answers and 7 percent saying they do not celebrate Christmas. more >>
A pro-life group is planning a special holiday protest against abortion in Chicago by visiting different abortion clinics throughout the city to sing Christmas carols. The purpose of the protest is to remind women seeking abortions of the story of Mary and Jesus and to ask the question: "Would Planned Parenthood have aborted Jesus?"
Pro-Life Action League sent out an announcement, about its plans for the 11th annual "Empty Manger Christmas Caroling Day," during which members of the pro-life group will visit five abortion facilities in Chicago and another four in Du Page County on Dec. 21. The protesters will reportedly gather in front of each abortion clinic and surround an empty manger while singing their carols.
The group's executive director, Eric Scheidler, said in a statement that the carolers' singing has served to change women's minds on abortion in the past, as it reminds them of the baby Jesus. The carolers will sing such Christmas classics as "What Child is This?" and "Away in the Manger." more >>
Barack Obama's Twitter feed sent a message Tuesday encouraging supporters to talk about signing up for "Obamacare" over Christmas. The post features a young adult wearing onesie pajamas and drinking hot chocolate.
"How do you plan to spend the cold days of December?" @BarackObama tweeted.
"Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance," the Twitter photo says. more >>
Holiday trees. Seasons Greetings. Carols devoid of religious references. Is there a "war on Christmas," as some cable news commentators and politicians believe?
John Fea, a Messiah College history professor, does not deny that there has been a shift in how Christmas is celebrated in the United States in the 21st century. But as he looks back into the country's past, investigating arguments by conservative political personalities like Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly calling for a return to the United States' "golden age" of Christmas, he is not convinced that such an era ever existed.
A scholar who specializes in early American history, Fea says that the claim that the U.S. once placed "the incarnation and the birth of Christ at the center of American culture," simply does not hold up historically. more >>
For the seventh consecutive year the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be milled and its lumber used in the building of a Habitat for Humanity home.
The 76-foot-tall Norway spruce will return to its home state of Connecticut and be used by Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County to help build exterior and interior walls for a home in the city of Bridgeport.
Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree was first donated to Habitat for Humanity in 2007. Lumber from previous trees has been used in the construction of homes in Pascagoula, Miss.; Stamford, Conn.; Newburgh, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Morris, N.J.; and New York City. more >>
A family in Newton, Mass., received an anonymous letter, reportedly from their neighbors, calling their home's Christmas decorations "tacky and kitschy" and demanding that they take the decorations indoors because "not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian."
Kelly Hunter and her family have been putting up a vibrant and elaborate Christmas display on the outside of their home in Newton for nearly 40 years as a part of a holiday tradition started by Kelly's father, William Hunter, a local firefighter who is now deceased. The decorations include several lights adorning the home, a baby Jesus in a nativity, Santa, snowmen, toy soldiers and other classic Christmas characters dotting the home's front yard and roof.
Recently, the Hunter family received a letter telling the family that their spirited display was "cheap, tacky and kitschy." more >>