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Old 04-18-2019, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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So you choose to spend holidays with your EX in-laws over your parents. And when you do (seemingly somewhat grudgingly) invite your parents over for a partial celebration, you create a bizarre dynamic where you will prepare a meal and sit and watch them eat while you sip a cup of coffee.

I think your mother is sincere when she says she'd rather skip it and just go to the diner, but I don't think it's because she's actually ok with the way things are, it's because she doesn't want to deal with it all and is taking the path of least resistance.
I choose to go where it's the most festive. That would be my sister in laws. Happy and uplifting vs. Awkard silence. There isnt a whole lot of conversation when my parents do come, and my mom has anxiety and usually is pacing around the house and after a few hours is in a big hurry to leave anyway. It's just not enjoyable.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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my Mom told me "You're an adult; it's your choice how to celebrate" but it didn't stop 'wishful thinking' arrangements that my parents were forced to accommodate in their own situation.
i learned to take her input to heart and resist attempts to 'organize' my birthday, their birthdays, and non-consensual family holidays.



p.s. i noticed that each "family" celebration wound up being about the 'greatness' of the organizer rather than the occasion itself, so that put me off about further attempts to do this. my Mom's feedback about the issue was ignored. My Dad's "No's" were disregarded and 'full steam ahead". i don't have to continue/feed into that nonsense myself.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:48 PM
 
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I choose to go where it's the most festive. That would be my sister in laws. Happy and uplifting vs. Awkard silence. There isnt a whole lot of conversation when my parents do come, and my mom has anxiety and usually is pacing around the house and after a few hours is in a big hurry to leave anyway. It's just not enjoyable.
Then do something that is enjoyable with them around the holidays.

As previously suggested, take them out to dinner. Take in a move together. Drop by and work a puzzle together. Take your Mom out to Afternoon Tea. Take your Dad to a game. Whatever you all enjoy. ...

I always say I don't mind that one of our daughters spends every freaking holiday with his family. It's her life. I don't want her to feel guilty over her choices.

But just once, I wish she wanted to spend some of the holidays with us.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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my mom says she really doesn't mind she wants me to go wherever and have a good time
Do you think your mom really feels that way or is she just saying it to placate you?

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Thoughts?
You're bailing on them because they're boring. It sounds like something a teenager would do. Self-absorbed and immature.

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So you choose to spend holidays with your EX in-laws over your parents. And when you do (seemingly somewhat grudgingly) invite your parents over for a partial celebration, you create a bizarre dynamic where you will prepare a meal and sit and watch them eat while you sip a cup of coffee
I agree. I wonder if OP deliberately made it a bizarre dynamic hoping her parents would decline or if she's oblivious to the bizarreness.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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No, not oblivious. My ex and I are divorced but still have a relationship. I hosted holidays for years, my parents always came and I always made them feel welcome. They never reciprocated. Things have changed for me the last few years. Mentally and physically. Like I said previously, I struggle with depression. I welcome the opportunity to get out and socialize. Thanks to everyone for the feedback.
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Old 04-18-2019, 05:47 PM
 
Location: planet earth
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Go out with them the day before - bring flowers and candy and be a charming host of the dinner!

And if they need it, bring them prepared foods for the holiday the next day or order DoorDash for them.

Make it nice for them AND go where you want on "the day."
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Central NJ
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Go out with them the day before - bring flowers and candy and be a charming host of the dinner!

And if they need it, bring them prepared foods for the holiday the next day or order DoorDash for them.

Make it nice for them AND go where you want on "the day."
Thank you.. 😊
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:28 AM
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Location: Beaverton, OR
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Iím glad Iím not the only one who struggles with this haha. My dad throws a tantrum if I even talk about not spending a holiday with him, but Iíve been with my fiancť for 7.5 years and weíre getting married on the 8th anniversary this year! Itís ridiculous. I did tell him finally last year in a fire and brimstone email that Iím sick of this childish attitude and Iím going to spend Christmas Eve with my fiancťís family because thatís the day they celebrate most, itís also her uncleís birthday, and they celebrate birthdays together so mine is also in December and that means I miss them celebrating my birthday every year too. My family never did anything significant on Xmas eve so no clue why it was made into such a big deal.

No matter because we are moving to another state so when I visit for the holidays itíll be a week probably or 5 days anyway and weíd stay at my dads house so I doubt he would complain given Iím there for the whole time haha. Families can be so annoying sometimes though, we still realize we never get to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas Day together because of our families. Well not for a long time anyway, my dad is 76 but heís healthy as a horse and more active than ever, heíll make it until 100 at this rate (which would be great, of course). Iíve just kind of accepted that holidays arenít about me, theyíre about appeasing everyone and while thatís not my usual personality Iím generally ok with it. Except my birthday, Iíll do whatever I want and if anyone has a problem with that I will use profanity in telling them where they can shove their opinion just so itís clear how little I care about their views on my day.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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(It's a LONG story too, but) my future in-laws (including brothers & sister-in-laws) are ALL narcissistic a-holes & my fiance's at the point where he's done w/ them too...YES, his OWN family, so I'm glad I probably won't have to see those #&*($^# ever again!

Grown adults should be able to do what they heck they want on holidays!!!...without getting any guilt trips put on them by anyone.

I've always liked going out of town on vacation for holidays...not to visit anyone in particular, but just to enjoy a vacation. Can't you ever do that?! You know, Hawaii for Christmas or Thanksgiving in New York, for example?

I'd also glad that I never had the type of mother/parents who expected me to be at their house OR do a certain thing every darn holiday! Here's things I've done on holidays (w/o regret):

- stayed home all day w/ good food & watch TV
- go to the movies
- go to an amusement park
- go on vacation as I said above
- Christmastime in Vegas
- go to the beach...I did that & the mall & movies just on Easter a few days ago (did go to church the day before)
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Western New York
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For holidays, which aren't really a big deal to me, I've always put my parents first--even after I got married. Christmas Eve=his parents, Christmas day=my parents; Thanksgiving dinner=my parents, dessert=his parents (sometimes); Easter dinner=my parents, dessert=his parents (sometimes). They're my parents and I'm not going to leave them alone for a holiday. I have five brothers and sisters, but that's a WHOLE OTHER STORY! And my husband has no problem with how I like to spend the holidays.

Just don't let petty crap come between you and your parents. I lost my Dad a year and a half ago, and I'm so glad that I spent so much time with him--WAY more than any of my sh***y siblings.

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