‘SNP slammed for ‘IGNORING’ Christmas in favour of Scots winter festivals. The SNP has been accused of undermining Christmas after spending millions of pounds promoting Scotland’s “winter festivals” while ignoring the biggest Christian celebration of the year.’
The main target of the ‘slamming’ was international development minister, Dr Alasdair Allan, who it seems has launched a £390 000 campaign to attract tourist to ‘Scots winter festivals’ but has ignored Christmas in his programme. Could that be because Christmas in Scotland tends not to be any more attractive to tourists than it might be anywhere else and he’s going for the ones we do especially well like Hogmanay and Burns’ Night or as the Express has it, ‘Burns Night’. That missing apostrophe matters. I don’t fancy a night in the Burns Unit at the local hospital.
Reading further, we see the ‘slamming’ came only from the Catholic Church who seem to represent around 9% of the population according to the recent ScotCen survey and shown in the graph below:
The once mighty Kirk, which in the past condemned Christmas as a pagan festival, made no comment. Maybe they’re pleased or just too busy holding their collective breath as identification with it plummets to the same level as that of their once hated rivals.
Even more worrying for Christian groups, a Survation poll for the Humanist Society (Scotland) found that 72.4% of Scots said they were not religious while only 23.6% said they were. This is quite an increase from a similar poll in 2011 in which 56% said they were not religious and 35% said they were.
I’m not following the Express, of course, but this story just popped up when I was searching for good news to report.
Footnote: I read somewhere, perhaps in an Angela Carter novel and not an academic source, that the original tree decorations in pre-Christian times were varied bits of meat including giblets, celebrating the fact that the tribe would survive the winter. Nice. Also, Santa flying through the sky on a sledge pulled by reindeer derives, it said, from the magic mushroom-induced trips of the local shaman.