What I enjoy most about this time of year is the tradition of season. The family time, the seasonal festivities, the food, and the Christmas story. But until now I never seriously thought about how my indulging in these sacred traditions could be an affront to someone else.
I recently learned of a holiday tradition in the Netherlands that we here in the States might find offensive. The tradition involves St. Nicholas and his helpers. St. Nic is rotund and jolly as we might expect, but his helpers are not elves but men dressed in blackface. They're called Black Peters (Zwarte Piet) and in Holland, this is a treasured long-standing tradition (albeit one that has become part of a recurring public debate).
Are there holiday traditions that you find bizarre, outdated or offensive?