I received the best Christmas present ever

In my last entry, I talked some rather unpleasant things and I want to take a minute to clarify something important. 

The boys had a really good Christmas and so did we. It was really nice to spend time with my parents over the holiday. It was also nice to spend Christmas day with my in-laws. 

I told my mother in law last night that I really appreciated being there because I took it for granted before the separation. 

We’ve had a hiccup and the boys have been in rare form but it’s been a good Christmas as far as I’m concerned. The absolute best gift I could have received was having my whole and Santa delivered. 😁 

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Catching up on some posts, but it sounds like you figured something out this Christmas and realized the best way to celebrate and enjoy it is to forget about everyone else’s expectations (or maybe even your own) and just celebrate in the way that works best for your family. Great job- it sounds like your whole family enjoyed the holiday. I saw Kim’s comments on an earlier post. She may be a bit blunt but she’s hitting the mark. I would just add that just because you have chosen to accept your wife back into your life — and just… Read more »
Kim Gebhardt

I agree with all of what JR just said. I think you will be much happier if you stop trying to control this situation and force your siblings to welcome back. As he said, set realistic expectations. I’m still curious why you felt a need to bring it up when Lizze asked you not to.

Just wanted to add that I understand the point of your post – wanting so badly to make things ok, you ended up pushing and it was the wrong choice – and the frustration at the situation – and yourself- that you now feel. I get it. That sucks. I guess I just really saw the contrast in how you handled Christmas – to me it seemed like you really figured it out, and your family reaped the benefits — and how this situation with your siblings unfolded. Managing expectations isn’t giving up or conceding anything – it’s always a… Read more »