Blake’s Advice Column
My husband and I were together for eight years before we married a year ago. He has a kid from a previous marriage who just turned 11. But it wasn’t until his father and I were married that my sister began sending him Christmas presents. My husband and I had our own child seven months ago. Now my sister sends a ton of Christmas presents for my biological son, and nothing for my stepson. When I pointed it out to her, she ignored me. I don’t think it’s fair that she excludes my stepson. My sister has two girls and I bought gifts for both of them. Now I wish I could take everything back. How can I get her to not shortchange my stepson? Or should I just tell her not to bother sending anyone gifts?
From Frankfurt, Kentucky
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The motive of your sister is not clear to me, in regards to her overlooking your stepson. But your motive in the responses I am about to suggest to you, should be to teach that witch a lesson. Call her and ask her, out of the four children total from both households, which one will not receive a gift from their aunt? If she picks your stepson, then you immediately pick one of her daughters. And in the future when you visit her home, the niece that you didn’t give a gift to, secretly give her cash. How much? Whatever you can sneak out of your sister’s purse when she’s not looking. Inform your sister for Christmas, your stepson requested and will be receiving a bow and arrow that is used for hunting, and he said he planned to use it on anyone that ever snubs him. Tell her you think he was kidding when he said that, but you’re not sure. And if you already mailed off her children’s gifts, it’s not too late. If you are having second thoughts about the ones you sent, wait until everyone is sleep in your sister’s household on December 24th, and go take them back. There’s a good documentary out on holiday season breaking and entering, that will explain in detail on how to retrieve the presents. It’s called “How the Grinch stole Christmas”. I hope this helps.