For the past few years, I have gone with them to a lovely restaurant on Christmas Eve to celebrate Ron's (her husband) birthday and then been invited to their unit for Christmas dinner with Ann, Ron, that same son and daughter-in-law. The food is always good but... the rest is rather tedious. I was quite excited to be off the hook this year.
So, today, I was taken aback when Ann came in and invited me to both again. This year they are doing Christmas Eve at a restaurant that I really don't like and lordknows what Christmas dinner is going to be like. UGH. I could not think fast enough to get out of either event. I got no excuse - credible or not to get out of either event.
Even so, I'm seriously working on one for Christmas Eve. My current thinking is telling them that my brother wants me to skype into their Christmas Eve (that's when they open packages). Yep. I think that's what I'm going to 'sell'. Maybe Christmas dinner will fall apart on it's own. I could get lucky.