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1 IN A 100

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006

I see it’s reported that only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message. Despite the vast majority carrying the word ‘Christmas’ – about 2,920, or 54%, of them on the front – many wished only ‘Seasons Greetings’ and others did not have a message. Hundreds of cards avoided any image linked to Christmas at all – including fir trees, baubles, snowmen or Santa Claus.

Who’ surprised? Britain has slumped into a post-Christian slump, and whilst it takes other religious festivals such as Eid and Diwali are  taken increasingly seriously, Christianity is ignored. Maybe it should be “Secular Salutations” on the cards sent these days.  

As for those religious groups and MPs who warn that the multi-million pound Christmas card industry is losing sight of the real reason for celebrating the festive period. Get Real! The reason for THEIR season is profit, end of discussion!

It’s not the demise of Christian-orientated Christmas Cards that depresses me, we have taken the Christ of out the celebration and into the void comes all sort of garbage. 

12 Responses to “1 IN A 100”

  1. Christ would be glad to be disassociated from the excesses of the festival of consumerism.

  2. Indeed he would.

  3. "only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message"

    Indeed isn’t it sad that nobody celebrates the real meaning of Yule anymore.

    (Yule logs were lit to honor Thor, the god of thunder, with the belief that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.)

  4. I think it’s only fair to point out that many Christians regard Christmas as having nothing to do with their faith.
    Nowhere in the gospels or indeed the entire bible is there any mention of a requirement to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and the actual date of his birth is unknown. The festival we know as Christmas was in fact hijacked from paganism by the early church in much the same way as the retail industry have now hijacked it for their own ends, if not in many cases their own survival.

    However most people including non-believers would agree that the Christian ‘baby Jesus’ angle is harmless and pleasant, particularly for small children, and if Christians wish to symbolise the season in this manner, then they should feel free to do so. If there is indeed a shortage of ‘religious’ Christmas cards in the shops,there is absolutely no reason why churches etc cannot print their own Christmas cards and sell them to their membership.

  5. Morrisons a couple of months ago had a sign in the foyer wishing their customers a "blessed Ramadan".

  6. HA,

    Yes, those are fair points.I lament the decline of Christianity in a more general sense, we’re back to the Pagan times Frank mentions. Yule never walk alone if you’re a secularist!

  7. Many people here use US postal stamps that are religious, usually of the Madonna and Child.


    I assume from the tenor of the post that you don’t have religious stamps?

  8. Chas,

    I will admit that it has been a long time since I looked, but I think all the UK stamps have a picture of the Queen.

    BTW, we need to make chicken wing arrangements. Come over to my blog and drop me a comment. Also sorry your Cowboys lost to the Saints.

  9. Alan: How could you deplore the Saints winning on this particular thread?

  10. Sorry about the Bills beating your Jets, too.

  11. Alan: I’ve been accused of many things, but Jets fan was not among them (I am rooting for the hapless Giants).

  12. Christmas is both a religions festival and a family social one. Many committed chriatians send secular cards. I don’t see this as a significant sign that the spiritual message is in decline. I’m not saying that it isn’t, just that this isn’t the evidence.

    Needless to say I am mising the cultural references from Alan and Mahons.