Survey reveals South West children think Christmas is Santa’s birthday

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are supporting the national campaign by the Children's Society.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are supporting the national campaign by the Children's Society. - Credit: Archant

Charity is urging families in North Devon to join in Christingle services at churches and schools next month.

A SURVEY has revealed nine per cent of children in the South West believe December 25 is Santa Claus’ birthday.

The survey, commissioned by the Children’s Society, also showed 20 per cent of parents in the region don’t teach their children the story of Jesus’ birthday.

The charity is urging people to take part in Christmas Christingle celebrations across North Devon next month.

The fundraising campaign will help the charity in its work with the 3.5 million children living in poverty across the country.


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Christingle services will be held in Bideford on December 6 at Kingsley Pre School and Juniors, from 2pm – 3.30pm, and in South Molton Parish Church on December 8 from 11am – 12.30pm.

There will also be services on Christmas Eve at St John the Baptist Church in Barnstaple from 4pm – 5.30pm, and the Parish Church in Holsworthy from 4pm – 5.30pm.

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The national campaign is supported by television presenter Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langford, as well as Alan Titchmarsh.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “Donations through Christingle are important for us to continue our work with the most disadvantaged families to make sure they are supported with services to escape poverty and give their children the best start in life.”

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