Snubbed Invitations to Christmas Dinner

December 15, 2016

My cousin has been hosting family Christmas for the last several years. Two years ago, she decided she wasn’t going to host anymore, at the last minute. There are issues surrounding that too, but that’s another story. After much discussion, we decided to get together and discuss how to divide up the hosting responsibilities for […]

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Cringe-Worthy Regret? Yep, Been There, Done That…How Shame Works To Shape Future Behavior

December 14, 2016

I have been reading this site a fair bit over the last few years, and always find it both entertaining and instructive. Recently though, when I’ve made the odd comment giving my opinion on the subject at hand, I’ve found myself thinking, “Would I have had the same reaction to this post five, ten, fifteen […]

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Husband left off Christmas card

December 13, 2016

My husband and I have been married nearly 30 years. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing, but I doubt most marriages are. We love each other and reared two terrific kids together, both of whom recently moved out so we’re in the early stages of empty nest syndrome. We are really enjoying each other’s company. […]

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Christmas Hell

December 12, 2016

Several years ago when I was still married, I had in-laws that were not very kind or inclusive. While they did many things that could include them into the halls of Etiquette Hell, there was one Christmas instance that stood out. My son had just turned 6 months old and it was his first Christmas. […]

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Feel Good Friday – Justino

December 9, 2016

A little background for this Feel Good Friday video…The employees of the mannequin factory have all bought shares in a single ticket for the Spanish Christmas Lottery. (Learn more about the Spanish Christmas Lottery here.) Justino is the night watchman who works all alone, apart from his many co-workers, but they see the fruits of […]

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Sexist Christmas Employment

December 8, 2016

I worked at a bank when I was young, where most of the employees were women and still are, and the officers were men only for many years.  The strictly female bookkeepers, tellers, and proof machine operators were paid poorly, just above minimum wage.  To explain, when minimum wage would get raised, as happened a […]

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Wedding Wednesday – When You Are Good Enough To Get A Gift From But Not Good Enough To Be Invited To The Wedding

December 7, 2016

My husband’s cousin “L” got engaged to his girlfriend “M” last Fall and Husband and I were very excited for them! Although we’re all around the same age (late 20’s/ early 30’s) and live in the same area, we aren’t super close to L and M and only see them at family functions. We do […]

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“He Has Sucked the Joy of Gift Giving Right Out of Me”

December 6, 2016

I am devastated and would appreciate hearing if others think I am right or wrong. Last Christmas our adult son and I chipped in on an expensive gift for my husband. After opening it, he said it was nice but would we mind him returning it and putting the money towards a different more expensive […]

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