The Water Cooler – Relatives & the Holidays

December 3, 2013 12:00 pm · 38 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

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Who is your LEAST favorite relative to see during the holidays, and why? (no names please).

Talk about it….


1 Claytoness December 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

This is an easy question. My brother in law is easily the most disgusting man alive. He snorts at the dinner table to clear his nose and throat and he doesn’t wash his hands after he uses the bathroom. Every time I see the man I quiver.

2 Danger Ahead December 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I am using a different name because my family knows my Claycord alias. Grandpa is gross! Some of the things he says wouldn’t even be okay to say if he was alone. And he only showers about once a week.

3 Understandable December 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

All of them!

4 @Danger Ahead December 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Watch for signs of Dementia. He can’t help it. Read up on it sometime.
Be nice, When he is gone you will miss him!

5 Claytonnut December 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

My sister-in law, always griping about me clearing my throat when dinner gets stuck in it. She stalks me in the bathroom too! Whenever I see her I cringe!…::(

6 Incognito December 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

None of my family visits me for the holidays, so this will never be a problem.

7 Triple Canopy December 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Brother’s wife…. she’s a braggard about her children… private schools, great grades, a bright future. A while back she kept touting how responsible her children behaved and she never has to worry about the. Fast forward about 6 years and her daughter was a runaway, is now a single parent, and on welfare. The son is a musician and day laborer. Losers.

8 Pro Choice....Gun owner December 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

My girlfriends daughters boyfriend. Everything that comes out of his mouth is B.S.. I call him Pinocchio. He lied about having a job to her for 3 months while in her last trimester of pregnancy… spent all of her savings while sitting in his car doing nothing and she was working her tail off…. What a loser!

9 Antler December 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Sorry, but I can’t play……..I love every single one of them and just wish all 15 of us could be together, but military and those on East Coast cannot be here for Christmas dinner and gifting.

10 mamatosix December 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Fortunately for me I have almost no extended family so I get to enjoy my husband, children and friends we invite. I do not spend holidays with anyone that does not bring joy to our family.
Sometimes I feel sorry for people who have families they feel obligated to spend time with.
Holidays are for celebrating.

11 The Mamba December 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Well, there’s the standard know it all extremely political drunkle at ours, he usually embarrasses himself at least once a holiday – if him and his wife are getting along well enough for him to attend.

12 SNL December 3, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Drunk Uncle

13 jtkatec December 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Antler, you are what I would call “a kind-hearted soul”. I don’t recall seeing a derogatory post from you, ever!

14 Dorothy December 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

My sister-in-law!

15 Howard K Mullins III December 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

No Holiday’s for me to celebrate this time of year, so not a problem. When I do celebrate and there is someone I care not to be with, they are not invited. I don’t accept invitations from people I care not to be with. I don’t go where I would feel uncomfortable. Certainly reduces the quantity of invites, but the quality is superb.

16 RelativelySpeaking December 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

One of my sister’s is someone I prefer not to be around for holidays or any day. She’s always talking how they don’t have money and how they now have to save up for their sons’ college educations. She gets my mom to go and visit and babysit for her for weeks and says she can’t afford to pay her airfare. In the meantime, she had her basement remodelled, bought a cabin in the woods as vacation property and goes on nice vacations every year. They own a boat, a camper, a truck and 2 cars. Makes me sick.

17 Bishop Estates December 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

@ Claytoness I think we have the same brother in law :)

Other than the Borther in Law ….love spending the Holidays with my small family.

18 Antler December 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Oh dear, jtkatec at #13 ~ ~ ~ Thank you, but I must decline the honor considering what I have written about Mullins…….and to many others on the Politics thread. On occasion I have written something MANY paragraphs long while in a particularly outraged frame of mind and have sometimes still been in such a slamming mood that I have closed off connection to Claycord …. and only then realized that I had failed to click on “SUBMIT”. Sheeeeeeeese, some of my best stuff, too! :-)

19 Angelica December 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

These comments are priceless!

I actually enjoy the company of my family, as well as my in laws. I see them all the time, and I look forward to spending the holidays with them as well!

20 Always Right December 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I am with Antler #9 on this. I am blessed to have a great family – no outlaws for in-laws – and always enjoy their company.

21 WCMom December 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM

My father-in-law. He’s rude and insulting (and zero table manners!)

22 Irene December 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I wouldn’t say least favorite. It would be my brother. He has schizophrenia and is by-polar and we don’t know how he will be. Sometimes he is great, other times not so much, sometimes he just doesn’t show-up. It puts a lot of stress on everyone.

23 paranoid Pablito December 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

My dead Aunt Eunice, because I don’t trust zombies.

24 Anonmom December 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

My inlaws ever since we moved back to the area they have hijacked every holiday. But really not their fault, we let them get away with it to avoid the argument.

25 angie December 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Lets start,
their is crazy russian granma who decides to make every single family occasion all about her. Then their is old and grumpy granpa who always says we need to be a closer family, when in reality him and my granmother are the ones who alwasy cause drama and arguments for no apparent reason !

Sound pretty sad to have family like that, but i love my mother father and sister. We are a small but close family. Twice a year we gather for Christmas and Thankgsgiving as a neccessity, not because we want to !

26 Turkey day! December 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

MOTHER! eye balls rolling, huffing and puffing. Can’t do no right!

27 warbirds45 December 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Many year’s ago, an Old Timer told me: Family is just like Fish, after about 3 day’s they start to Stink!
Happy Holiday’s

28 PawPaw December 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Bro in law. Lives off my moms money and has never held a proper job. Total loser. My sisters not much better since she picked him. Luckily they live in Idaho so if I don’t travel there I avoid them altogether .

29 Sheila December 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I enjoy all of my family as well as my husband’s family. Every other year….this year we’re spending Christmas with his family.

I’m rather amused by some of these comments. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!

If you’re a kid, you really don’t have any choice. Adults have choices. Don’t ruin your holidays by spending time with people you don’t want to be around. Just a thought.

30 Fitgirl December 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

My brother in-law! Not only does he not speak to anyone, including my parents, when he walks in the door. If he does speak its sarcastic and rude towards everyone in the room. He then sits on the couch all day or hides and plays on his phone, or watches Disney movies. NEVER helps clean up after himself or his kid . He’s a creepy middle aged man who has some serious “it’s all about me issues.” He’s still pouting over the gifts my kids got last year , that HE wanted. Baby!

31 @Antler December 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

If they’re all cool, you could be “the one”. ;)

32 macawlady December 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I have very few relatives left. Honestly, there were never any I disliked. I miss my father’s family the most, I suppose. They were a bunch of quirky Texans and the holidays with them were a real hoot.

If you’ve still got family around, be thankful.

33 Turkey day! December 4, 2013 at 5:09 AM

@macawlady tell that to my mother!

34 dree December 4, 2013 at 6:22 AM

My inlaws don’t bother with putting any time or effort into talking let alone getting together which is fine with me. I have an amazing brother and nephews I don’t get to see often enough. The rest of my family was/is very abusive and I refuse to be around them any longer so I created a new family from the friends that I now surround myself with and feel very blessed.

35 Cracky McGee December 4, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Too funny @#31

36 Most of them December 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

My mother….she is always right…impossible to have a discussion with. So I solved that by not talking to her at all. My sister…same thing. Then there is the brother in law that talks to you with his face in yours…ugh! We all used to get together and were close but now it all seems so phoney. My sister says oh I miss you, but havnt heard from her all year. I am grateful to spend it with my kids and husband they are some of my favorite people. Nice people to be around!

37 Antler December 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

nameless at #31 ~ ~ ~ If you had used an established nickname, then your comment would have been hilarious! But now, you see, it just sits there as snark.

I feel blessed and grateful that our relatives return my love ten-fold.

38 Connie Dobbs December 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

You should hear what they say about you.

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