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President Day 2015 – Barack Obama

Should/Do children know about the Nativity story?

In the run up to one of the most profitable events of the year, Christmas, food, presents and Christmas cards are everywhere. In America the average shopper plans to spend $704.18 (£448.29) on Christmas gifts alone. $403 (£256.62) of that will be spend on their children. However, food and gifts aren’t the end of it. $46.73 (£29.76) is spent on decorations and lights. And in a survey 87% of people said lights and decorations, help get them into the Christmas Spirit. You can find hundreds more horrifying facts about Christmas here.

As I was reading the Metro today, this story appeared about what people know about the Nativity Story and Christmas. It read:

However some children (that’s right, the people who squeal as soon as the Christmas adverts start showing on TV), are apparently a little confused as to what we are actually celebrating.

A recent survey found that one in five children believe Jesus Christ is a football player for Chelsea, rather then the son of God.

Several others also thought Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer was in the stable at the birth of Jesus (presumably these children were not among the ones who thought Jesus grew up to play on the left wing).

The survey was conducted in Brent Cross shopping centre in North London, and showed some serious gaps in the kids’ festive knowledge.

Half of five to 12-year-olds were under the impression that December 25 is Father Christmas’ birthday, and a third of children they spoke to got confused and thought Jesus was born in the South Pole.

Bosses at the shopping centre said they hope to improve knowledge of the nativity story in youngsters so they can ‘enjoy the festivities even more’.

The story can we read, emailed and downloaded here on the Metro website.

After releasing this story, the Metro did a survey and asked their viewers this question;

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The Feast

The Feast

The Feast is a Christian charity based in Birmingham, to promote community cohesion between Christian and Muslim young people. The Feast is empowering young people to become peacemakers and spearhead social change.

The RCG editing team recently went to a Feast event in Birmingham and learnt a lot about Muslims. The Feast gives you a chance to talk about your faith with other people of your ages and gender, while having heaps of fun. All of us here at RCG recommend that you take a look at ‘The Feast’ website and take a look if there are any events that you like the look of. To get to their website click here, or visit http://www.thefeast.org.uk.

When attending any Feast event, you must abide by their Code of Conduct, which is displayed below:

  1. Remain with the group and activity at all times unless I have leaders permission.
  2. Wear modest clothing without offensive messages or symbols.
  3. Refrain from inappropriate words or physical contact with other participants.
  4. Use phrases and language that others in the group will understand.
  5. Respect others property.
  6. Refrain from the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products.
  7. Make amends should my conduct become inappropriate.

The Feast aims to do three things:

  • Exploring faith: young people are encouraged and equipped to discuss their faith in ways which draw out both the similarities and differences between them.
  • Creating friendships: by bringing together young people in a positive and fun environment we provide the opportunities for them to get to know one another, work on projects together and build ongoing friendship built on trust and respect.
  • Changing lives: having been to events run by The Feast the young people are challenged and enabled to live out the lessons they have learnt in their everyday lives amongst their friends, family and the wider community.

I think the event that the RCG team went to, changed all of our lives in some way or another. For me personally, ‘The Feast’ gave me the confidence to talk about my faith openly to other people who I would normally, speak to about my faith. As well as this, I have realized that some religions (Islam) are very similar to Christianity and that it is easy to speak out your faith to Muslims, that you don’t know. The event that the RCG team went to was a great chance for us to ask questions about other peoples faith.