[quote="Ryzeke, post:1, topic:223761"]
Ok, so, I'm 24 and a recent convert to Catholicism as of Easter 2010 (awesome!), and I'm loving every bit of it. As I've been growing deeper in my faith, the more I've become afarid of Christmas. Well, not the reason for the season, but rather, my family.
I'm now the only Catholic in a large family of Protestants (Lutherans to be exact), and it's finally Christmas and time to face them about my conversion. No one's happy with it I feel, and everyone's treating it like the pink elephant in the room. I kinda feel like everyone's walking on eggshells around me; it just feels awkward and uncomfortable. We just got back from Christmas services at a Methodist church, and I suddenly felt very uncomfortable without the presence of a priest and the Eucharist.
My question is for any converts out there or anyone with sound advice. How did you deal with your family around Christmas time? What would you say to help alleviate some of the tension? I love my family and my faith, but this season is really tearing me apart.
As has been said, there Lutherans not Fundies, the Lutheran beliefs are quite close to own hour, with some subtle (but major) differences, 2:1 your family probably not know their faith 100% to argue on the exact differences (i know i don't know the Lutheran beliefs good enough to get into a worth while debate). so ask them if they would like to attend Mass with you for Christmas (as you need to as a precept of you faith, it is a Holy Day), if no then humbly say that's okay, and thank them anyway, and go to Mass, there is no need to feel bad, im the only practicing Catholic in my family, my moms Anglican and my dads a lapsed Catholic (slowly coming back though), so i regularly attend Mass on my own, as well as do Scripture readings on major seasons, such as i will read the whole nativity, from the visitation of the Angel Gabriel to the arrival of the Magi, on my own tomorrow.
You are not alone, Christ is with you always (:
and May God Bless you in this Season of joy, Merry Christmas from the United Kingdom