Well here it is Christmas again and in the name of political correctness, everyone is confused. Treating the good feelings of “Happy holidays” as a grievance is rude because you’re swerving out of your way to hurt and exclude people who already feel a bit alienated this time of year. On the flip side, taking offense at someone’s reflexive “Merry Christmas” is also inconsiderate. Accept the wishes for what they are — an expression of good cheer and common humanity.
Every religious tradition has a version of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others….” In the spirit of the season (whatever holiday you may observe), try putting yourself in another’s place.
After touring the world for over forty years, I have learned a little about the different cultures, the take away for me is that in the final analysis we really are the same – fragile and foolish, but somehow important to our creator.