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Holidays / Re: Am I being a gossip, or helping cure hurt feelings?
« Last post by TootsNYC on Yesterday at 11:19:05 PM »
I think you could offer the table.
And I think when SIL starts up the  Passive-Aggressive Cranky Pants  routine, you could be "helpful" by clarifying: "SIL, are you upset that your kids are at the kids table?" Be cheery and clarifying. Make her say it out loud.

You might also make the point to Niece (3yo) that only the babies sit at the adult table with the grownups, and that she is grownup enough to join the big kids at the big kids' table.
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I thought of this thread while my 10 year old son made his first batch of mashed potatoes today. From peeling to mashing, he handled pretty much everything (with supervision of course). We don't typically eat potatoes, but his big sister (15) had specifically requested them, then bailed on making them herself. N loves to cook and was quite happy to take over. They were delicious!
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Life...in general / Re: A hostess gift that overshadows the hostess...
« Last post by TaterTot on Yesterday at 11:11:58 PM »
Maybe she's learning that you have boundaries and you will enforce them! :D
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OP here with a shopping update

Well, it went on sale at Target for $35, and the sweats that were his third choice went on sale for $9. So I ordered them both, to be picked up at the store. And spent $44. So I can get him a gift card as well.

Thanks, everyone!

He's going to have a very, very nice Christmas!   :)
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Holidays / Re: Holiday hosting on a very tight budget
« Last post by Bees on Yesterday at 11:03:08 PM »
Those food baskets usually have to be signed up for well in advance but the food banks will help out in emergency or get her on right track.
 No harm in asking people to bring a dish or just an ingredient for the meal. Only what they can spare. As her kid, if you could take her groceries after the holiday to get her to the end of month and staples for her pantry-it could take the worry out of having to make a meal.
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Holidays / Re: Holiday hosting on a very tight budget
« Last post by TootsNYC on Yesterday at 10:56:55 PM »
I think your mom should say to her friends, "Can we do a potluck holiday dinner next time?"

In close groups of people (families, friend circles), I think it's not uncommon at all to do a group hosting thing.

I think she could also ask just one or two guests to help by bringing one dish.
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All In A Day's Work / Re: What did you just say to me?
« Last post by SoCalVal on Yesterday at 10:56:31 PM »
These sewing stories remind me of one I'd read a few years ago (don't remember if it were here).  Some guy had split his pants while he was walking on the street in NY and popped into the first place he saw that did tailoring.  The poster said everyone in the shop refused to fix his pants (and were a bit icked out).  He'd split the seat and wasn't wearing any underwear (eww eww *ewwwwww*).
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Misc holiday stories
« Last post by StarFaerie on Yesterday at 10:55:45 PM »
The McDonald's Christmas with a Santa sighting.

When my son (DS) was 2.5 years old (I think, it may have been a year earlier) then husband (XH), DS & I went to my mother's house for Christmas in the morning to have lunch. My brother (DB) was also visiting with his then girlfriend (GF). Mum immediately as usual took DS off me. DB was fighting with Mum as usual. Mum started saying nasty things to XH. So normal Christmas.

Then DS fell down some stairs and cut his head open. I thought Mum was watching him, she wasn't. But as DS's Mum of course I shouldn't have let him out of my sight. XH and I rushed DS off to the hospital. After about 3 hours, a number of stitches in DS's head and a mild concussion, we return to Mum's house. The fight between DB and Mum has gotten worse and he and GF are leaving. Mum lights into me for letting DS get injured. DB has arranged to be picked up from a town 50km away and wants a lift.

XH and I decide this is a great idea to get away from Mum as we are sick of it too, so off we go, XH, me, DS, DB and GF. We get to the town. Drop off DB and GF and go to the only place open for lunch, McDonalds.

There in McDonalds is a man with white hair, a white beard, and green overalls. Clearly just a farmer having a meal but to DS it was Santa! There was Santa eating lunch. DS called out to "Santa" and the man smiled, waved and called out "Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas." It made our day and I will never forget it. Turned a disaster of a day into something truly special.

And after that I have never gone to my Mum's house for Christmas again and DS (16) still has a scar to remind me of the day.
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OP here with a shopping update

Well, it went on sale at Target for $35, and the sweats that were his third choice went on sale for $9. So I ordered them both, to be picked up at the store. And spent $44. So I can get him a gift card as well.

Thanks, everyone!
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All In A Day's Work / Re: What did you just say to me?
« Last post by TaterTot on Yesterday at 10:48:05 PM »
I do the button sewing in our house.  Anything else that needs sewing, LadyTango does herself or asks her mother for help.

I also learned to sew buttons when I was in the Boy Scouts.  I also sewed the patches onto my uniform and one time made an emergency repair on my sleeping bag with fishing line and a fish hook (I used my Leatherman to straighten the hook and remove the barb).

When I sew a button onto a piece of clothing, that button will not come off until the button breaks or someone cuts the thread.  I figure if I have to take the time to get out the needle and thread, I'm going to make sure I never have to get out the needle and thread for that particular button again.

As a man (who can sew), how would you react if your manager asked you to sew a button on his shirt while he was wearing it?  (Just curious about the male perspective.)

The first thought that went through my head when I read Ladyknight1's comment was "And how are you going to get the blood stains out?"  If my manager was a guy, that would probably be my response.  If he really needed it done quickly, I'd tell him to take his shirt off and sit in his under shirt for a few minutes.

My boss is actually a woman, and I have no idea how I'd respond to that request if it came from her.

The response should be "That's not part of job description/duties." Unless you are a tailor/sewer.
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