Because little kids don't understand everything, so they're just told lies about a jolly old man in a bright red suit. And actually, the true meaning of Christmas didn't rally have anything to do with God. My Latin teacher agreed with me (she new the story) when I said that the Pagans during Ancient Rome brought one if their holidays to the Romans. They accepted it and turned into a holiday that celebrates to of their gods (I can't remember their names). Then after the Christian persecution ended, the Christians took that holiday and transformed it into Christmas. So my family doesn't celebrate Christmas because of its origins. Jehovah's Witnesses have the same views. I'm not JW (I'm Nondenominational, sometimes called Independent), but they have similar views. Please no hate comments, but I couldn't answer this question without putting that out there.
Darned good question. Let's shout the true meaning from the rooftops. December 25 is Santa Claus's birthday.
Beats hell out of me why so many people want to sing gloomy religious songs at that time, to talk about babies having to live rough in stables, and about astrologers trekking across the desert looking for kings in unlikely places.
Seriously, Sakurabi, religion has no more relevance to Christmas, than to any other holiday (originally, holy day). Sure, it started off as the commemoration of a myth but we've moved on from there. The modern Christmas is a time for family and friends, a time for nostalgia, a time for feasting, a time for sharing, a time for love.
Christmas is FUN. Let's not spoil it by clothing it in a threadbare old overcoat of religion, like a tramp living on charity. Let's celebrate it for all the wonderful things it now means.
I believe it has a lot to do with the media & corporations. The way the film makers portray Christmas time in their movies or shows, with people rushing to buy or, in some cases, get into a comical brawl over the 'last Christmas gift' off-puts the meaning of Christmas, & when this example is fortified by numerous other movies that do the same thing, it becomes set in the minds of those watching that Christmas is losing its meaning of togetherness & becoming more about the presents. Corporations are also leaving their mark as well, with the heavy, massive advertisements geared toward selling their stock, their amazing deals, toys & games & computers, all flooding the tv screen, newspapers, the internet.. parents seem like they can't help but give their kids gifts because of the prices tending to be lower, or all the cool stuff not coming out until the holidays that when the kids get all these things around Christmas time, it turns into a sort of psychological, positive conditioning to thing of Christmas as a time to buy & give gifts, rather than getting together with distant relatives & friends. I know I'm a bit everywhere with my answer to this question, but I hope it helps.