Let's hear stories from your family dinners/get-togethers. All the drama, popcorn moments, soap opera scenes, purse fights, oh-no-they-didn't moments, and did-you-see-what-i-just-saw moments.
So my boss at my housekeeping job - he and his gf invited me last night at work to go out with them for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm off next week - my work rotation at my store ends Wednesday morning, so I'm free Thursday. So I accepted. We're eating out on Thanksgiving, because as it turns out, a couple acquaintance of theirs (whom I shall refer to under the generic names of "Richard" and "Lisa") basically invited themselves over to my boss and his gf's for Thanksgiving dinner without my boss or his gf actually inviting Richard or Lisa over.
Last year, for Christmas, my boss and his gf had Richard and Lisa over for Christmas, along with their two kids. My boss's gf slaved over the meal for days on end, preparing all the sides, etc. And then, cooking the bird/ham/whatever - literally is an all day affair from the crack of dawn onward.
Richard, Lisa and their family basically ate for an hour and a half, and then jetted - not helping with the dishes or clean up or anything. My boss's gf told me last night - basically Richard and Lisa assume that since my boss and his gf have me as their housekeeper, that that basically absolves them of helping with the huge after-dinner clean-up, etc. True enough, it actually is **my** job, and I don't mind doing it. But my boss's gf's point is that if you're coming over, and not supplying food (a side dish or whatever) or helping with the costs of putting this dinner on, and all you're doing is coming over, eating, getting fat and happy, and then leaving my boss's gf and I to fend for ourselves with the massive cleanup afterwards - just no.
It smacks too much of, "OK, we got what we wanted, OK, bye now."
So we're going out to eat on Thanksgiving - no cooking, no cleanup, and (what my boss and his gf like) if you're coming with us, you have to pay your's and your family's own way. Everybody's paying for their own way, including tip.
Is it just me, or is that just way super unclassy to just willy-nilly invite yourself over to someone else's house for a mega-dinner like Thanksgiving? Just wow, really folks?