My parents had a tradition, every year they would get me and my siblings a limited edition or handmade ornament for Christmas. When I moved out, my parents gifted me all the ornaments that they had given me over the years. So I could decorate my own tree with them. I thought that was a wonderful idea so I started that same tradition with my family. This past summer we had to move into a small place and my MIL offered to hold all our keepsakes so we wouldn't have to put them in storage.
Yesterday I went over to get the box of ornaments only to find it (and most of the other keepsakes she was holding for us) destroyed. The ornaments were shattered beyond repair. Even my kids' Baby first Christmas ornaments. I know they are just things but I started bawling when I saw the damage. There is no way to replace these, they aren't made anymore. Mt MIL snapped at me that "I need to be more careful with my keepsakes" and I can "just go out and buy new ornaments".
My husband is sympathetic, but he doesn't understand. He was raised to have things for practical reasons, not sentimental. He just doesn't get why I'm angry with his mom nor why I'm upset. It feels like I've lost part of my history, and part of my children's as well.
I don't know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?
EDIT: The box of ornaments was underneath two boxes of books. I have my doubts that it was an accident.
Answer by 29again at 12:49 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by older at 8:58 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by Dardenella at 11:45 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by m-avi at 12:25 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by Ginger0104 at 9:01 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by snookyfritz at 9:20 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
If you think this was done to spite you, then confront her and clear the air before you spend the rest of your life resenting the woman..if this was not intentional then let it go, and start your set of ornaments
Answer by older at 10:30 AM on Dec. 16, 2012
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