Bible Society calls for more religious Christmas cards

This Is Wiltshire: Bible Society liaison officer Teresa Smith Bible Society liaison officer Teresa Smith

WALK in to any card shop over the festive period and you are likely to be faced with walls of cards emblazoned with Santa Claus, piles of presents and cute fluffy animals.

But the noticeable lack of cards with traditional nativity scenes is causing concern for the Swindon-based Bible Society.

The charity has now launched an online personalised card service to cater for people who would rather send cards to loved ones that tell the real Christmas story this season.

Richard Franklin, of the Bible Society, said: “We are hearing from our 300,000 supporters and more widely, that it’s quite hard to find cards which tell the story of Christmas, and people want more choice.

“I know in some charity shops you can often find a lot of these types of cards which is great and we welcome that, but we certainly thought there was a gap in the market.”

The charity launched the service last week and has already received £400 worth of orders.

Richard said: “It is a small site and we had a maximum order of 40 cards but we’ve had to up that because one organisation asked us for 2,000.

“We didn’t expect that huge demand but I think there is definitely some demand there and there are people who would buy nativity cards but make do with Santa or fluffy rabbits.

“It’s about saying that these cards are available if you want them.

“If you take a card covered in Christmas presents, what is that actually about? People giving us something. “But we are saying the Bible tells us a whole lot more about that story of giving, forgiveness, love and hope at Christmas, and that is behind that message, but is it really coming out?

“Our cards predominantly have a religious theme but there are some that don’t, whereas if you walk in to a shop or go on to an internet site, you are confronted with lots that aren’t and you are left asking where are the religious ones.”

The cards, which have a turnaround time of 48 hours, are available from the design-and-print online service at http://printshop.biblesociety.org.uk.

Richard said: “We’ve offered some designs as a starter for 10, but we're eager to find out how people see Christmas these days, and what people's favourite picture of Christmas time really is.”

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2:50pm Wed 31 Oct 12

The Real Librarian says...

QUOTE
Richard Franklin, of the Bible Society, said: “We are hearing from our 300,000 supporters and more widely, that it’s quite hard to find cards which tell the story of Christmas,
UNQUOTE

Ah but which story is that?

Is it the one in Mark and John, which don't record Jesus' birth at all?

Iis it the one in Matthew which has Joseph's dreams, the Star, the Wise Men, the massacre of innocents and the flight to Egypt, but not the Shepherds or the Angel? Or is it the one in Luke, which does have the Shepherds and the Angel but none of the other stuff?

When was Jesus born anyway? Matthew says it was in the time of Herod and Luke says it was during Quirinius' census.

The problem is Herod died in 4 BC and the census was 6 or 7 AD.



The christmas story is just that folks, but enjoy the day anyway.
QUOTE Richard Franklin, of the Bible Society, said: “We are hearing from our 300,000 supporters and more widely, that it’s quite hard to find cards which tell the story of Christmas, UNQUOTE Ah but which story is that? Is it the one in Mark and John, which don't record Jesus' birth at all? Iis it the one in Matthew which has Joseph's dreams, the Star, the Wise Men, the massacre of innocents and the flight to Egypt, but not the Shepherds or the Angel? Or is it the one in Luke, which does have the Shepherds and the Angel but none of the other stuff? When was Jesus born anyway? Matthew says it was in the time of Herod and Luke says it was during Quirinius' census. The problem is Herod died in 4 BC and the census was 6 or 7 AD. The christmas story is just that folks, but enjoy the day anyway. The Real Librarian

4:27pm Wed 31 Oct 12

PaulD says...

TRL - great post!

The xmas holiday is whatever anyone wants to make of it.

Religion has less and less relevance to people's lives as more and more people realise what a load of old tosh it is.

Xmas cards generally are on the decline anyway, what with their ridiculous cost, postage costs and the fact that they are just tat that clutter up your mantelpiece!

cards with christian pics on them have no more importance than cards with Father Christmas, trees, baubles or talking meerkats on them. It's all just fable and story, just like the tooth fairy and the easter bunny
TRL - great post! The xmas holiday is whatever anyone wants to make of it. Religion has less and less relevance to people's lives as more and more people realise what a load of old tosh it is. Xmas cards generally are on the decline anyway, what with their ridiculous cost, postage costs and the fact that they are just tat that clutter up your mantelpiece! cards with christian pics on them have no more importance than cards with Father Christmas, trees, baubles or talking meerkats on them. It's all just fable and story, just like the tooth fairy and the easter bunny PaulD

4:59pm Wed 31 Oct 12

MrBstard says...

Bah! Humbug.
Bah! Humbug. MrBstard

6:25pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Always Grumpy says...

I'm not a Christian or followerer of any other religion, but there is a good reason to support Christianity, if only to stem the rise of Islam.
Try making the previous comments above about Islam and see the reactions!
I'm not a Christian or followerer of any other religion, but there is a good reason to support Christianity, if only to stem the rise of Islam. Try making the previous comments above about Islam and see the reactions! Always Grumpy

7:48pm Wed 31 Oct 12

PaulD says...

OK. Like Christianity, I believe Islam to be no more than a relic from a bygone age. ALL religion is based on superstition, Judaism, Hinduism, all of them.

I'm not personally concerned about 'the rise of Islam' per se and if I were, I don't see that joining another fairy-tale club would be useful in any way.

The only way to combat irrationalism is to be rational.
OK. Like Christianity, I believe Islam to be no more than a relic from a bygone age. ALL religion is based on superstition, Judaism, Hinduism, all of them. I'm not personally concerned about 'the rise of Islam' per se and if I were, I don't see that joining another fairy-tale club would be useful in any way. The only way to combat irrationalism is to be rational. PaulD

8:19pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Davey Gravey says...

All religions are ridiculous.
All religions are ridiculous. Davey Gravey

10:19am Thu 1 Nov 12

The Real Librarian says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
I'm not a Christian or followerer of any other religion, but there is a good reason to support Christianity, if only to stem the rise of Islam. Try making the previous comments above about Islam and see the reactions!
Well of course Islam is another topic altogether.

They don't have a Christmas as such but they do have a certain reverence for the story of the life of the Prophet Mohammad, to the extent that they get very upset if anyone is less than respectful.

Ironically Mohammad himself would not have aproved of this, and said so.

Unfortunately I don't think that your idea is a good one. Suggesting that people follow religion A in order to stop them following religion B is a bit silly.

Much better to encourage people to be aware of the historical truth of the origin of religions and their place in the story of the development of humanity, but most importantly to realise the important truth of all religions,

They aren't real.
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: I'm not a Christian or followerer of any other religion, but there is a good reason to support Christianity, if only to stem the rise of Islam. Try making the previous comments above about Islam and see the reactions![/p][/quote]Well of course Islam is another topic altogether. They don't have a Christmas as such but they do have a certain reverence for the story of the life of the Prophet Mohammad, to the extent that they get very upset if anyone is less than respectful. Ironically Mohammad himself would not have aproved of this, and said so. Unfortunately I don't think that your idea is a good one. Suggesting that people follow religion A in order to stop them following religion B is a bit silly. Much better to encourage people to be aware of the historical truth of the origin of religions and their place in the story of the development of humanity, but most importantly to realise the important truth of all religions, They aren't real. The Real Librarian

12:29pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Always Grumpy says...

@TRL
"Much better to encourage people to be aware of the historical truth of the origin of religions and their place in the story of the development of humanity, but most importantly to realise the important truth of all religions"
Fine, but Islam isn't prepared to accept anything else.
@TRL "Much better to encourage people to be aware of the historical truth of the origin of religions and their place in the story of the development of humanity, but most importantly to realise the important truth of all religions" Fine, but Islam isn't prepared to accept anything else. Always Grumpy

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