Why is this!? Because, IMO, in the states not believing in the Christian God or having No Religion would be UNEXCEPTABLE! Lol! I think everyone would go crazy.
Maybe because we just don't get so bent out of shape by petty doctrinal semantic shyte as Americans seem to. No one is overly concerned with it being a Christian holiday here...so why the hell get offended by what they call it.
I cannot feel oppressed and dictated to by what amounts to less than 20% of the population who practice some kind of a Christian faith. If they call it Christmas and pay me to have the days off...hell...I'll call it Pumpkin Patch Day if they ask me to. As I said I'll often say Happy Yule or Have a great Solstice...and no one is much put out by it. It's not an issue here.
It's just another Holiday weekend to most of us. At Easter/Samhain we get 5 paid days off. Fri/Sat/sun/Mon/Tues.
That too is just another excuse for a long national pissup to most people. Honestly. I've known Australians who thought you ate Fish on Good Friday because fish tastes bloody good on a bbq and its a long weekend so you can drink more beer as you've longer to recobver from the hangover. It's what we all eat every long weekend. It's Australia. We go to a bbq with beer and fish. religious holidays. Australia Day. ANZAC Day.New Years eve....It's what we do. Beer and bbq'ed fish taste bloody excellent. Who needs a religious reason to consume it, right?
OK so it's not much of an excuse for a cultural pursuit...but it's all we've got (oh that and a lack of the some of the nastier social tensions you seem to have there.) It's all pretty relaxed here really about stuff like that.
Maybe it's the space. I dunno. But I can see it's a pleasant atmosphere in comparison to a lot of places for lack of religious extremism...on the part of any faith really. We laugh at YEC's openly for a start. It's a joke theory here. It's a joke theory period obviously, but we can say so here without them crying about how they feel persecuted.
I say Eid Mubarrak to my Muslim friends too...I don't know any Jews but if I did I'd wish em Happy Hanukkah. But what we mostly say is "Want to come to the beach?" quite frankly. and "How hot is it going to be today?"