One bitterly cold day just a few weeks before Christmas, things began to get out of hand with Julie’s complicated relationships. During one of Julie’s visits, Jeanette began giving strong hints about spending Christmas day with her daughter and son-in-law.
“We’ll have to come to some arrangement about Christmas dinner,” she said quite casually while sipping her tea.
Julie was dumbfounded. This placed her in an intolerable position as she’d always invited her mum and dad to stay for Christmas lunch; she wasn’t going to change her usual arrangement. Her parents had come to her for Christmas ever since she’d had the twins. It was easier in those days to stay home with the babies and not having to cart toys, nappies, and feeds around. When she and John were first married, they’d taken it in turns to stay with each set of parents on Christmas day, but since the twins…
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