I'm very disappointed/disgusted/annoyed with my siblings today. I have 6 siblings, two of whom live within a mile of Mom. (I live 90 miles away but stay at Mom's a few days a week to help her because it's too far to drive back and forth). One sister hosted Christmas Eve at her house. I hate Christmas and didn't really want to come, but they all make a fuss if I don't join the festivities, so to keep the peace I stayed over after taking Mom on shopping and errands earlier in the week.
I realized from talking to Mom that nobody had invited her for Christmas Day. The sister who hosted Christmas Eve was spending it with her grandkids - the other local sister never even bothered to check with Mom if she had plans. So Mom would have been left home alone with nowhere to go and no dinner. Reluctantly, I extended my stay and threw together a roast, a loaf of crusty bread and a nice bottle of wine for Christmas dinner for me and Mom. Only one of my six siblings even called my mother to wish her a Merry Christmas.
I'm not complaining about doing what I did - in this case, it was my choice, and it was far preferable to leaving Mom home alone for Christmas. She would have been so upset, and she doesn't have too many Christmases left. I'm just disgusted with my siblings though. The local ones, for failing to even check if Mom had plans for Christmas Day, and the distant ones, for not even bothering to call. Bah Humbug!!!