It might be difficult to believe but knowledge of the Christmas story is fading.
When a group of 5-7 year olds was surveyed it was found that 36% didn’t know whose birthday was celebrated at Christmas and 72% didn’t know Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Among adults it was found that less than 12% know the full nativity story and 51% say that the birth of Jesus is irrelevant to their Christmas. This last figure represents a tipping point. Unless we actively share the Christmas story Christ will continue to be written out of Christmas.
The Christmas Starts with Christ campaign hopes to reverse the trend. If Christ is being written out of Christmas – let’s put him back by sharing the Christmas story so it’s heard and loved. The Christmas Starts with Christ campaign will run from Advent Sunday (Christmas Starts with Christ Sunday-130th November) to Christmas Day.
One of the ways you can share the Christmas story is by buying and giving a Real Advent Calendar.
About Advent and calendars
Advent is the season leading up to Christmas day. It starts four Sundays before Christmas. It’s an exciting time for children as they wait for the big day when they will celebrate Christmas and open their presents. For Christians it is a time of preparation and waiting too, and recalling the events of the first Christmas 2000 years ago. Advent calendars were popular in Germany in the early 1800s and soon spread across Europe. The idea is simple - there is a window to open for each day of advent. Behind each window is a line of the Christmas story. It means that one day at a time you reveal a bit more about the events that led up to the first Christmas day.
The Real Advent Calendar adds a Fairtrade chocolate star behind each window and is the only calendar to include a 32-page copy of the Christmas story behind the final giant window.
Advent calendars are popular with children and parents because they help explain the meaning of waiting in a fun way. Even adults find them a fun way of connecting with the Christmas story. To buy a Real Advent Calendar visit our where to buy page.
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