What do you celebrate?

Dental hygienist obligatory small talk: All ready for Christmas?
Me: I don’t celebrate Christmas, so I don’t have to do anything to get “ready”.
Dental hygienist: Oh, what do you celebrate?
Me: I’m a-religious, so, nothing.
DH: You’re what?
Me: A-religious.
DH: Ah.

Two observations:  1) It’s kinda funny that people assume you have to celebrate something in December. 2) A-religious? Where the eff did that come from? I’ve never said that before in my life! I’m always hesitant to use the word atheist because it has such a negative connotation and so few people know what the word means to an atheist. If you use the word you have to be willing to explain what that means, and I just wanted to get my teeth cleaned. But still, a-religious?

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