This year we're going to my cousin's house. In the past, we congregated at my aunt's house, but she's been ill recently, and her youngest daughter has decided to "start acting like a grown-up" (her words, not mine) and so is hosting the extravaganza this year.

I don't want to go. My husband doesn't want to go. My oldest son doesn't want to go. My younger son could care less, but once he gets there he will start complaining of boredom within 10 minutes. We all would much rather stay home in our pajamas all day, hubby and the kids putting up Christmas decorations and me just overall being a lazy slob. But we have to go because to refuse the invitation would cause hurt feelings, even though we were only included out of a sense of obligation and not because they really want us there.

Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with my extended family, I just don't want to spend the day with them, not eating sub-par food off a paper plate that's on my lap because my cousin's house is too dang small to entertain the 18 people she has invited. I'm a food snob, and there will be very few, if any, gluten-free choices. I'll need to eat before I leave.

I DO have issues with my cousin's husband's family. They're not nice people, and his sister is nothing but a trashy skank of the highest order, and I would really rather not have her anywhere near my kids. But it's my cousin's house, she can invite whoever she wants. Her in-laws probably hate me too. 

Speaking of my cousin's house, it is tiny, cramped, and heavily decorated with artsy-fartsy nick knacks that are very breakable and I'm sure overly expensive. So, it's not the least bit child-friendly, and it will be super crowded in there. I have 2 young boys, one of which is VERY active. I'm already stressing over how I'm going to keep them under control, as they will be bored beyond belief. They'll be like cages animals.

So, I fully anticipate an afternoon of stress and misery, with my obnoxious loony uncle making a total arse of himself as usual, and nobody willing to so much as lower the TV volume, much less turn off the football game. I hate football. By going in with low expectations, I hope to not be disappointed. At least it's only for a day, right? That is, until we must "do" Christmas. But at least then there are presents involved.

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Nov. 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Staying home. I will start cooking this evening and while I am doing that, I will listen to holiday music.

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Nov. 24, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Good for you! I hope you enjoy your day! Thank you for reading my little temper-tantrum and for commenting. :)

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