I certainly wasn't planning to blog today, being Christmas and all. However, I thought I would sit down, vent and be on with my day ... and a drink ... and maybe a pill.
Anyway, I wrote a few days ago about my mom's disappointment at us not going to my brother's with everyone for Christmas Eve and to attend church. Well, I am pretty sure disappointment has given way to pissed off. She called this morning and talked to my youngest son. She asked to talk to my oldest son but he was at the neighbor's playing Nerf War with their new Nerf guns and thens he asked to talk to my middle son, who was busy with a new toy. She didn't ask to talk to me. So I called back later and my dad answered. My dad NEVER answers the phone unless my mom is not home. Thanks to caller ID, I can only assume they knew it was me and she wasn't going to answer. I chatted with him a moment and then said adios.
I am still totally confused by someone choosing this behavior over being thankful for what they do have - we see my parents and family on a regular basis for dinners, lunches, birthdays and more. We just saw them on Sunday. All of that and she is choosing to behave this way because of ONE invitation decline? I don't get it. If given the opportunity, I will share this with her. She is the type of person who might just stew for a while and then pretend nothing happened until she gets pissed again. Or she may let the rage go and throw a big fit. I'll wait to see because I am trying not to let her suck me into her childish ways.
Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better already.
On a positive note, we thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas Eve. I am a little embarrassed to say we even boycotted church. I was in my pajamas around 4:00 and we cooked, ate and played. I wrapped some presents and we all stayed up pretty late. I have never seen three kids rush off to bed as quickly as these three when we said, "Ok, we need to go to bed so Santa can come." Even my 11 yr. old, who knows that his dad and I are Santa, went rushing off.
They were so excited this morning and love their gifts. They each only get three gifts under the tree - one to represent each of the gifts the wise men brought to baby Jesus. We don't sign who they are from and they have never asked "Did Santa bring this?" or "Who is this from?" They tend to just say "thanks, Mom and Dad and Santa and everyone!" They do also get gifts from each other and several stocking stuffers, usually stuff to go with their "big" gifts, a Webkinz, a book(s), some candy...