So who else fucked up their Christmas?

Hello world.

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.

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Comment by fortunate on December 25, 2008 at 6:52am
"You're not an eetheist! True eetheists are the ones who sit quietly and don't stand out". - my dear Grandma.

Laugh if you like, but for me it wasn't funny.
Comment by j on December 24, 2008 at 10:29pm
I don't know about fucked up or not, but I went to an xmas eve candle light service to appease my fundie mother-in-law...being an X-Xtian, I wasn't surprised by anything... ...my apostate conscious did not allow me to take communion...but anyway.
Comment by melissa long on December 24, 2008 at 6:39pm
Well i'm about to go spend Christmas with some of the MOST christian people. My boyfriends family of course. And might i add we never talk about religon. I'm feeling a little repressed maybe I should spice of the conversation with a little atheism talk. Now wouldn't the preacher grandfather love that....................
Comment by Father Nature on December 24, 2008 at 6:13pm
That's a funny story. Remember that EVERYONE has a crazy family. Try to keep your sense of humor. A happy atheist drives Christians even crazier. Happy holidays.

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