This coming Christmas will be my first Christmas as an "out" atheist. My very religious parents have taken it fairly well. We've had a few calm discussions about religion, the only issue being that they occasionally try to guilt me into going to church to them. However, as I was thinking about the upcoming holiday I realised another problem.
For as long as I can remember, it's been a tradition in my family to go to the midnight Christmas Eve service at church. I know that my mother will be very upset if I opt out of the tradition this year, but I'm not sure if I can bring myself to go to a church service. And if I do go, should I say the prayers? Should I sing the hymns? Should I just sit there quietly and think blasphemous thoughts?
Ideally, my parents would accept my atheism and stop trying to change me, but I know that's not going to happen. Now I just need to decide whether I'm going to stand my ground (and feel guilty) or give in (and be pissed at both my parents and myself). Any advice?