The tradition of wearing religious headwear has become a key part of many families’ Christmas celebrations, with many Christians using the head covering as a way to decorate their homes.
But new research suggests that the religious headcoverings are becoming increasingly unpopular among Christian families.
The Pew Research Center survey of more than 1,000 American adults shows that nearly half of the people surveyed said they either don’t wear the head cover when celebrating Christmas, or don’t feel comfortable wearing it.
Among the findings:Only about a quarter of those surveyed said that they had no religious headgear at home, compared to a full 70 percent of non-Christian Americans.
Among those who wear religious head covering, just 14 percent of those questioned said they were “not very religious,” while only 13 percent said they are “very religious.”
More than two-thirds of the non-religious Americans surveyed also said they had never worn a religious headband at home.
The findings come amid growing concern among Christian groups about the popularity of head coverers among young people, particularly in the United States.
According to Pew Research, more than half of adults between 18 and 29 years old reported that they have never worn religious head wear at home in the past year.
Some experts are also concerned that religious head covers could become a way for some Christians to make themselves look less religious by wearing religious clothing that looks less like a traditional Christmas tree ornament or crucifix.
“Some of the Christian leaders who have promoted the headcovering idea have taken it out of context,” said Rick Scarborough, a sociologist at Rutgers University.
Many Christians are saying that if you wear the coverings in a religious context, it doesn’t mean that you’re a religious person,” Scarborough said.
In his book, The Bible’s Christmas Carol, Matthew Shepard, a gay teenager who committed suicide in 1997, used the cover-and-cover to explain his decision to kill himself.”
I was thinking, I’m a Christian, but I don’t think it’s going to make me any more of a Christian.”