That’s what 30% of children surveyed in Great Britain think. According to a poll of 1,000 school children between five and seven years of age, 36% have no idea whose birthday we will celebrate Sunday. It gets worse: nearly 25% believe the answer is Simon Cowell. Some 25% believe that Jesus was born at Buckingham Palace or 10 Downing Street; only 28% know he was born in Bethlehem.
Could such biblical ignorance happen in America? As a child growing up in Houston, Texas, I didn’t know who was born on Christmas day. When I eventually learned that Christmas observes the birth of Jesus, I remember being confused: what does he have to do with Santa Claus? And why do we celebrate his birth, anyway?