I'm curious as to how many people shared my experience of being raised essentially, atheist, or at least "nonreligious." I consider myself a second generation atheist as my parents both abandoned the religions of their upbringing (Catholic for my Mom and Methodist for my Dad) by the time they reached their late teens. My brothers and I were not brought up in any faith, and instead were encouraged to explore and think for ourselves.
As a family, we celebrated Christmas and Easter, but in a secular way (Santa and the Easter Bunny versus Jesus/God being the focus), and I still celebrate "pagan" Christmas today. My parents never objected to my going to Sunday school with a friend or going to a church service with a friend, but I always remember it as being more of a curiosity on my part rather than a "searching" for some kind of spiritual meaning.
I've always been interested in religion/spirituality, but am a confirmed atheist. I'm curious--as an atheist and a sociologist--as to how many others in TA were also raised atheist or nonreligious. Another sociologist, Robert Wuthnow, wrote a book called Growing Up Religious, where he interviewed people raised in various religious traditions--interestingly most people talked about food and family, and not so much "scripture" or the religious beliefs! I'm interested in the memories and experiences of those of us who "Grew Up Atheist."