My mum joined a new faith in the past 9 months, she’s pushed it on me, I’ve kept my distance but remained supportive of her. Now she drops the bomb, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas. No gifts, no dinner, no tree, nobody coming over.
Christmas is our family’s favourite holiday, it’s not about gifts, it’s about our dinner and seeing the beautiful tree all lit up. Nobody else in our family has the room to host, my mum and stepdad’s home has always been perfect.
This is being done in the name of her new faith, a faith nobody else in our family practices. I feel like this is going to sum up to a miserable, divided holiday season.
My spouse and I are considering not going which is breaking my heart because I only get to visit every 3 or 4 months. We only get 3 days off for each holiday, it’s over 3 hours of driving to get there, plus more driving if my family can’t get together in one place. Holidays are tight for us money-wise but all that gas makes it worse.
I don’t want to hurt my mum, how does one handle this delicate situation?
Signed, Holiday Headache