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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:13 PM

Faking being asleep in order to avoid awkward holiday family moments

Don't get me wrong - I had a good Christmas with my family today, but I bite my tongue since I'm a guest in my sister and brother-in-law's house, and even someone as argumentative as I am needs a holiday every now and then.

Over Thanksgiving, my brother-in-law's prayer included asking God to guide Obama because, "He really, really needs the help." Everyone chuckled. My brother and I locked eyes, and I asked, "Do you feel as outnumbered as I do?"

Well, today after the second round of presents from a sister (who couldn't make it) and from me were opened, and the kids were playing upstairs, and some of the adults were downstairs on couches with a game on, some bad talk about Methodists got started up by my bro-in-law's step-dad out of nowhere about how they don't preach salvation, and that somehow led into Dr. Tiller, being a murderer of course, was a Methodist, etc. I was half dozing anyway so I kept my eyes shut until my niece asked me what a certain medical procedure's initials stood for, and I had to "wake up" to tell them I wasn't up on my abortion medical terminology.

After which I excused myself to the bathroom and went and hung out with the kids to see what toys they got.

TlalocW

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Reply Faking being asleep in order to avoid awkward holiday family moments (Original post)
TlalocW Dec 2012 OP
niyad Dec 2012 #1
RedCappedBandit Dec 2012 #2
Honeycombe8 Dec 2012 #3
PuraVidaDreamin Dec 2012 #4
Quantess Dec 2012 #8
Lex Dec 2012 #9
PuraVidaDreamin Dec 2012 #11
Quantess Dec 2012 #12
quinnox Dec 2012 #5
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #6
lunasun Dec 2012 #7
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #10

Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:18 PM

1. some people think I am nuts when I tell them there are a great many advantages to not having

ANY blood family. I never have to put up with this kind of bs. my family is all of the heart, and not one is a fundie. definitely saves wear and tear on the nerves.

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:22 PM

2. Well Played!

I just got back from enemy territory. Went to my aunt's house; she married a pretty right-wing guy (nice person otherwise, to be honest).. his whole family is as right wing as he is... I was the only one from 'my' side. Had to sit there quietly while they all ranted about guns and scary autistic people and obamercare.

Sucks when you're the guest, and you're outnumbered.

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:24 PM

3. What a bummer. Did you go to my family's house for Christmas, by chance?

I didn't go, so am not sure who was there.

Yeah, I would've retreated under those circumstances. I'm not one to do that, typically, but that was so bad that I think I would've faked a nap. Oh, who am I kidding? I would've just told the old man, "Can't we have a nice holiday without criticizing people, getting into religion and politics, and arguing? Waddya say? If you agree not to criticize Obama and Methodists and liberals, I'll agree not to trash Bush and Republicans."

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:37 PM

4. Well I said ou loud at the Christmas dinner table

That I don't / won't sat the pledge of allegiance. The silence after that was stunning,
Tho mr bro in law started to attempt, but stopped when my sister elbowed him whispering
Something. Both from Va Beach, and she is contacted at the naval base.

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Response to PuraVidaDreamin (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:04 PM

8. Your family says the pledge of allegiance at christmas?

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Response to Quantess (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:09 PM

9. That's what I thought. Huh?

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Response to Lex (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:37 PM

11. Ha ha

Guess that's what it sounded like. Discussions.... However....trended that way
And more than half the attendees became quite silenced after my declaration.
My partner, who is even more socialist than I tried to change the topic. Amusing, since
He's the one who always continues to needle.

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Response to PuraVidaDreamin (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:51 PM

12. Well, you never know!

People have their own christmas traditions, and that wouldn't be the wackiest one ever heard of...
One domineering parent is all it takes for a family tradition to arise.

Anyway, I've always thought politics at holiday gatherings was a bad idea.

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:40 PM

5. well, just came back from the Christmas day stuff and everyone in the family is a

 

raging liberal/progressive, so no problems there.

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:53 PM

6. Being an orphan has its advantages

Neither Mr. D nor I have living parents, and all other relatives are across the continent.

bliss.

We both DO have uncomfortable memories of past holidays when get togethers were "mandatory".

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:57 PM

7. I would add fake snoring just to jazz them and make noise over their stupid talk

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Response to TlalocW (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:25 PM

10. my dad roped me into going to church by going through my husband

He invited my husband and children to see the children put on a nativity play at his evangelical church. I said I would go so we could leave when we wanted to. The play was an hour long and then there were two adult worship services which nobody wanted to stay for. I tried to have an open mind when I first walked in. I thought okay we'll get to share someone else's culture and we can just enjoy it for what it is, Christians celebrating the birth of their baby Jesus. Then of course they launch into inviting us skeptics to ask God to prove this unlikely story to us through these adorable children putting on this nativity. This of course ruined the whole thing for me. I did think the children were adorable, but it made me uncomfortable and resentful to know that they were all waiting for God to touch my unbelieving grinch heart and make it grow and accept Jesus. Never again. If I ever go again it will be to a Catholic service. They don't openly try to convert people during the service and as someone who enjoys meditation I have always enjoyed the quiet, melodic, and reflective service of Catholic mass.

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