Unless we all conform, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.
-- Major Frank Burns, 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
About the worst response I have gotten when telling a christian that I am an atheist was;
"I am so, so sorry for you"!! :(
That person was my own Mom!
I was told "you don't believe, because you want to do what you want to do". WHATEVER!
When I came out as atheist to my grandmother:
Grandmother: That's sad you don't believe in anything..
Me: That's not true, I believe in love and honor and respect
Mom: *scowling*: we mean something important...
(when I came out to mom as atheist)
Mom: Well you can't celebrate Christmas...
That's a good one with your grandmother.
I've gotten the whole Christmas thing too. When someone found out I was an atheist they seemed very angry that I actually do spend time with my family at Christmas and enjoy it. They began a long argument trying to convince me that I couldn't "really" enjoy Christmas.