Christmas and Christianity’s Emotional Power
About 15-20% of Americans identify as “spiritual but not religious.” It seems to me that most people within this large segment of Americans affirm the positive, uplifting aspects of the “Christmas Story.” Sure, they may not appreciate the connection between “peace on earth, goodwill to man” and a supposed virgin birth, appearance of angels, shepherds and Magi. But the overwhelming majority of them are willing to tolerate, perhaps even appreciate nativity scenes and the various culture-wide celebrations of Jesus’ birth that are core to our concepts of Christmas.
How do YOU feel about this? If you could wave a magi(c) wand, and change one or more things about how our culture understands and observes Christmas, what would you change?