Here in the Nation's Capital our family has been exposed to plenty of diversity. Everything I had to learn about different cultures in my adult life will be second nature to my children and I'm grateful for that. They are learning sensitivity and political correctness at an early age.
Me? This may surprise you, but I've not really had any awkward moments in that regard. I've come to find that if you ask questions in a polite, unobtrusive manner people are more than willing to talkwith you about their beliefs and customs. Most of the time they appreciate your interest and the fact that they are getting the opportunity to share.
So, when exactly did "Merry Christmas" start being replaced with "Happy Holidays" and how do we bring it back? When I know that an acquaintance or co-worker celebrates a holiday such as Ramadan or Hanakuh I always make sure I acknowledge that particular holiday to them and let them know I'm thinking of them.
And I wish the same for you!