It's just a little thing, but I know I've already offended many friends (I have a number of friends from the US, more than I even realised), and so I've been trying to reconcile my "issue" so I can get over it and move on.
My issue has been with the recent and rapid spread of the Halloween phenomenon in Australia. It was almost unheard of 10 years ago, but now it's everywhere. The thing that has been rubbing me up the wrong was the irritation over Halloween coinciding with Samhain in the northern hemisphere - Samhain being the time when the veil between life and afterlife is at it's thinnest.
A lot of people do view Halloween as being the modern version of the Pagan Sabbat of Samhain, but I've decided (for my own sanity sake) that it is not. Here's why...
Most of the people who participate in trick or treating around the world are not Pagans.
So, basically, Halloween is a non-religious holiday, where people play with the taboo concepts of death and horror.
This is how I've decided to reconcile the two in my mind, so I can get over my issue with people dressing their kids up in Halloween costumes on the Sabbat that celebrates the conception of new life!