Thanksgiving, like any other major gathering holiday, is often a source of both stress and joy for families all around.
However, one woman recently went to the Am I The A...hole (AITA) subreddit to express her concerns about her ‘weird’ Thanksgiving celebration after she uninvited her pregnant sister-in-law.
Sister-In-Law Is Pregnant With Her First Child
According to the Reddit post, the woman explains that she and her family have a set of traditions they participate in every year. Some of the things include a couple of drinks in the evening, games, and watching the parade together.
The woman explains that the Thanksgiving gathering usually includes her siblings, her siblings’ partners, her sister’s kids, and their parents. She also mentions that her brother and his wife are having their first child together, who is due in Spring.
Some Of The Demands Included No Turkey, Alcohol, Or Games
However, a couple of weeks before the holiday, the woman mentions that she gets a ‘list of demands’ from the sister-in-law through the family’s group chat. The sister-in-law stated that certain things needed to be adjusted to accommodate her pregnancy.
Some of the things on the list included no poultry because the smell of it makes her sick, no alcohol because she cannot participate, and the smell also makes her sick, and no games as she tires very easily and will need to rest.
Asking the Original Poster (OP) if she could just have an evening of talking and listening to music to replace the games.
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Brother Tells The OP She’s The One Being Unreasonable
The OP was having none of it. She initially tried to find a middle ground by explaining to her sister-in-law that while she will not waste a turkey she had already bought, she is willing to make a non-poultry dish alternative. She also explains to her that she will make sure no one drinks at the table but are at least free to drink elsewhere in the house if they please.
She also told her that she would not ban the games as this is the first year her niece and nephew are able to participate.
The OP’s brother and sister-in-law responded in the group chat, telling the OP she was “being unreasonable.”
Even the OP’s mother chimes in to say that it’s not that hard to accommodate.
OP Uninvited The Sister-In-Law, and Her Brother Says She’s Excluding Her
At this point, the OP was upset and frustrated, and she told her sister-in-law that she would be uninvited if she couldn’t accept these conditions.
Of course, her brother is upset by this and calls his sister to tell her she is excluding his wife, to which the OP responds by saying that his wife is not being excluded and that she is welcome to join the gathering if she can accept “that thanksgiving has to work for everyone else too.”
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In the end, her brother and SIL don’t show up
She expressed that it was a weird day without them...
Luckily, most users agreed that she was NTA (Not The A...hole) in this situation, with one user writing:
“...I get the sensitivity to smells, but you can’t honestly think someone should change all their traditions for you just because you got pregnant. She doesn’t have to take part in playing the games. She can sit and watch or go lay down while everyone else plays. She’s really just asking for too much here.”
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