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Pew Survey: Role of Religion in Christmas Declining

Pew Survey: Role of Religion in Christmas Declining
Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Monday. (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 December 2017 08:09 PM

Most Americans do not view Christmas as a religious holiday, according to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Forty-six percent of Americans say they celebrate Christmas as primarily a religious holiday, down from 51 percent who said the same in 2013.

"A majority of U.S. adults (56 percent) also say religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less in American society today than in the past, though relatively few are bothered by this trend," according to the survey.

President Donald Trump has touted his role in making Christmas merry again after saying in October that people did not want to use the word Christmas again because it was not politically correct.

"We're getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore. They don't use the word Christmas because it's not politically correct," the president said at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington. "You go to department stores, and they'll say 'Happy New Year,' or they'll say other things, and it'll be red, they'll have it painted."

Trump tweeted Christmas Day:

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