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To think that my mother can't expect to come to us for Christmas every year?

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MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Aug-14 17:56:04

I have told her that it is DH's parents' turn to come to us this year, and she had a hissy fit, asking me "Well where am I supposed to go?" and "Your DH has a brother - why can't they go to him every year?" (ignoring the fact that they also alternate and have SBIL's wife's parents every other year - her response to that was, well they can all go there together, can't they?")

Her brothers won't have her because "she ruins Christmas for everyone and never helps, just expects to be waited on hand and foot".

She has been to my cousin in the past, but my cousin has had a very tough year, losing both of her parents, and has said that she and her DH are going away on their own this year.

She has been away to a hotel with the friend that she goes on holiday with, but has fallen out with this friend since they went on holiday in the summer.

She can't come to us with the inlaws, as she shouted at my DMIL years ago, calling her "common and ill mannered" (she is neither). DMIL has always said she is prepared to let bygones be bygones if my mother will apologise, so that they can move on. My mother has always refused to apologise, as she "doesn't see that what she did was so wrong - it's true, she is common."

I feel a bit that it is history repeating itself, as she refused to have her mother for Christmas, as she had a party on Christmas Eve every year and said her mother "would not have fitted in."

Chottie Thu 28-Aug-14 17:59:04


ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Thu 28-Aug-14 18:00:05

Don't have her. Don't ruin Christmas for yourself.

She'll get over it.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Aug-14 18:01:38

I think she is likely to sit at home on her own and fester and tell everyone that her daughter wouldn't have her for Christmas.

Last time the inlaws came she called me on Christmas Day and told me I was "shit as a daughter."

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 28-Aug-14 18:01:56

Gosh, don't think I'd want her any christmas!

I guess you just have to keep repeating that she can't come this year because of the being rude to your mil thing.

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 28-Aug-14 18:02:32

Don't answer the phone to her on christmas day this year! She sounds umm hard work.

XiCi Thu 28-Aug-14 18:02:35

My initial thought was that I couldn't imagine ever not wanting my mum at Xmas and it would break my heart to think she was on her own however yours does sound a bit of a nightmare

ilovesooty Thu 28-Aug-14 18:03:03

She sounds horrible. I wouldn't want to have her at all.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Aug-14 18:06:31

The thing is, she never interacts with anyone while she is here. She plonks her arse in a chair with her book and just sits there - doesn't speak to the DC, won't play games with them etc etc, and expects to be waited on hand and foot - eg she will say "You could die of thirst around here" rather than ask or make herself a cup of tea. Although she does make herself tea now - just herself, never asks anyone else if they want a cup.

I think MrsCB is right, and I just have to keep repeating it!

patienceisvirtuous Thu 28-Aug-14 18:09:40

Could you be okay with her spending it alone? She does sound a pain... but I couldn't.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 28-Aug-14 18:10:47

She's made her bed, rather, hasn't she?

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Thu 28-Aug-14 18:12:14

she will say "You could die of thirst around here" rather than ask or make herself a cup of tea.

Ah, fuck that.

It's Christmas Day, have fun and enjoy yourself.

She'll be fine. If she doesn't interact with anyone anyway what's the difference?

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Aug-14 18:13:14

What would you suggest then, Patience? That I go down on my own, or with the DC, and spend a miserable day with her, while DH has Christmas at ours with his parents?

I think she should ask herself why no-one wants to spend Christmas with her, but she won't. It's always everyone else's fault.

londonrach Thu 28-Aug-14 18:13:15

Only fair way us alternate between parents.

Millipedewithherfeetup Thu 28-Aug-14 18:14:54

How old is your mother ? What if this could be the last Christmas you could send together ? I would give my right arm to be able to have my mum for Christmas (passed over 20 years ) so, in answer to your question, yabu, she gave you life so d it's her right to be waited on hand and foot.

diddl Thu 28-Aug-14 18:15:33

She sounds hard work.

it's just a day & she'll cope!

YouTheCat Thu 28-Aug-14 18:16:04

You are being entirely fair.

If she ends up being alone on Christmas day it is her own fault. Let her fester.

IAmNotAPrincessIAmAKahleesi Thu 28-Aug-14 18:16:14

Just be bright and breezy and ignore any guilt trips

You don't have to ever see anyone you don't want to at christmas so she should count herself lucky that you are being kind enough to have her every other year

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Aug-14 18:16:27

She will almost certainly interact with the inlaws though, King Joffrey. She will be rude and unpleasant. Her brother won't have her because she got drunk and played his two daughters off against each other, siding with one, then the other, which resulted in a physical fight between them. She wound them up and then sat back to see what would happen. While she won't do this with the inlaws, she will make snide and nasty comments, either to their faces or behind their back, but making sure they hear.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 28-Aug-14 18:16:41

It seems that according to some people, if you want to be demanding, rude, unpleasant, selfish and bitter, all you need do is reproduce. Then be as nasty as you like and everyone else has to suck it up.

YouTheCat Thu 28-Aug-14 18:16:56

Wtf? 'She gave you life so it's her right to be waited on'? Sod that.

diddl Thu 28-Aug-14 18:17:26

And perhaps if she's happy to be blunt, tell her the truth-she's a miserable, unhelpful pita!

angstridden2 Thu 28-Aug-14 18:18:04

OMG how sad that mother is so obnoxious that her daughter doesn't want her. Her own fault I suppose, but I would have hated my mum to be on her own and really really hope my own children would have me for Christmas Day at least.

IAmNotAPrincessIAmAKahleesi Thu 28-Aug-14 18:18:22

Millipede it could be anyone's last christmas, that is a silly argument

Giving birth to someone isn't a favour you do them that means they are indebted to you, it's a choice to have a child- they don't owe you anything!

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Aug-14 18:18:57

Millipede - so how is it her right to be waited on hand and foot? What about DH's mother? Doesn't she deserve this too?

I think (and I do feel guilty about this) that I would feel huge relief if I knew it was the last Christmas I would spend with her. Your mother was obviously pleasant. Mine is not. (She hates DH with a passion as well, and always has.)

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