Ah, the dreaded bite of summer’s bane… Winter is quickly approaching, and in some places has already arrived. Whether you herald this slow-paced world by the cold or the increased darkness, there’s no doubt that the sand in the hourglass is running out.

This holiday season brings out both the best and the worst of people, like Mother Nature shows the strength and fragility of all living things in bare contrast. We play cheery music and make memories to last a lifetime, but secretly we harbor dread and hate for certain people, customs or expectations. We shower our loved ones with gifts that we pepper sprayed others to obtain. There is no time of year that brings out such polar opposites in us.

I saw a Facebook post a few days ago that was both disappointing and typical. The poster declared to all that she was tired to people saying Happy Holidays and trying to take Christ out of Christmas; why don’t you think of all the Christians you are offending by trying to remove their savior from his holiday. Of course, I couldn’t let the comment slide, so respectfully replied that Christmas is a modern adaptation of a much older holiday that was practiced by Pagans.

It is my belief that those who choose to say Happy Holidays are not trying to offend Christians. They are being all-encompassing of all religions that have a sacred day during this time of the year. That includes Christians. Why are we so ethnocentric that we cannot be respectful of other faiths without automatically taking offense on behalf of our own?

What are your thoughts?