This is not religious but cultural. And only in Australia can this happen! We have a day off for a horse race, a day off the day before the AFL Grand Final, and a day off for the Queen’s birthday which is not on the day of the Queen’s birthday and Australia doesn’t really give two hoots for the Queen anyway. Love Australian pragmatism!
Costumes are fun. Dirty donkey stables do NOT birth alleged baby gawd through alleged vaginal virgins. ...bloody torture deaths are not survived and candy eggs on dogshit lawns. ...you can't fool me when I was 5 years old....I hate religious lies making fun of us kids if we want presents we have no jobs to buy anything ourselves
I think the weirdest tradition is pretending most holidays are christian when they're not. Also, commercializing everything to the point that nothing has any meaning.
Teaching children about a fat man in a red suit squeezing down a chimney to leave presents and eat cookies is pretty weird though.
I'd say Halloween, we spend all our time telling our kids not to take stuff or talk to strangers and then we encourage them to solicit and take candy from strangers...? Or Santa... A fat man flies around delivering presents rather than your parents worked hard to give you a gift? What do you think?