I live in a country where people assume you're a Catholic by default. If I lived in, say, America, I probably wouldn't be just as uncomfortable with celebrating Christmas as I am here. There, it's about trees, presents and Santa. Here, its all about the Baby Jeeezus, and the boring, monotonous, infantile carols that you can't escape from, because they are played on every radio station, sung on the television, and butchered by your raving fundie grandmother.
I tried really hard not to ruin the fun - but somehow, at some point I engaged myself in a discussion with my only remaining grandfather (he's a bit of a dimwit, but surprisingly he makes more sense that the rest of the people who sat around the table today, combined.)
Soon there were five people talking at the same time, and I got called a racist by my dad, whom I love (but hey, look who's talking - he called Obama and black people 'asphalts' during a different family event. I, on the other hand believe that humanity implies equality. Yeah, I'm totally the racist ass in the family.) and no one seemed to give any crap about my arguments (I wasn't even trying to 'convert' anyone, as they probably thought. I was trying to present my viewpoint in a clearest, most logical way I am capable of. But hey, I'm just an art student, maybe clarity isn't my big talent. :D.)
At one point I said something along the lines of, 'I don't believe in God; I believe in reason, in love, in peace, and in people'. Then, amazingly, my grandmother exclaimed that I just said 'I believe in God'. That God made me slip my tongue and accidentally say 'I believe'. Which I didn't, by the way. I am sure I said "I DON'T believe in God, etc" very audibly and clearly, too bad she probably misheard it because she never stopped talking for even a second. The whole thing was retarded and disgusting.
Luckily, I was visiting another grandmother that evening and it sorta helped me get back into the right mood.
But if this is to be the first of many Xmases I am going to "celebrate" as an atheist, then, well, oh crap.