So, The Hairpin cross-posted a Dear Prudence column in which a really lovely-sounding person complained about her brother’s in-laws ruining (RUINING!) her family’s Christmas Eve tradition. How did they do this, you ask? Simply by their presence. Last year, they showed up and stayed the whole evening. And this year they are hosting Christmas Eve. They are strangers to her! THE NERVE! How dare her brother include his wife’s family in their holiday festivities? HOW VERY DARE HE?!
Anyway, there was not a lot of sympathy on anyone’s part for this “predicament.” But JessicaLovejoy hit the nail on the head with her comment re. this terrible, terrible problem:
“Ugh, sometimes it’s like people don’t even know what I’m for.” – Booze
As Homer Simpson once toasted, “To alcohol! The cause of – and solution to – all of life’s problems.”
And emilylouise offered this sage advice:
“should I stop celebrating Christmas Eve?”
…yes. Probably that. It’s the only logical solution.