Telegraph readers reflect on the role Christianity plays at Christmas.
For the first time in history, Christians now account for less than half of the population across England and Wales, according to recent data published by the Office for National Statistics.
With Christmas only a few days away, we asked our readers to tell us about the role Christianity plays in their festivities, and the importance it has.
‘Religion is at the heart of Christmas’
“Christmas starts with midnight mass for us and we attend various services throughout the week which enrich the familial and spiritual meanings of the season – religion is at the heart of Christmas for us.”
‘Christmas matters this year more than ever, with a rising cost of living and the steady stream of bad news’
“The link between Christmas and the Christian faith is incontrovertible. Our calendar is rooted in key Christian festivals due to our cultural heritage, so Christmas has – in a way – been appropriated as an annual temporal marker.
“I am a Pentecostal Christian and so the link is at the forefront for me personally. Christmas matters. Perhaps this year more than ever, with rising cost of living and the steady stream of bad news. ‘The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)’.”‘Take away the celebration of Christ’s birth and Christmas is a meaningless pageant of forced jollity’