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  1. When did my cousin change her name to Marney?!?!

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    1. re: pinehurst

      Love the last part "why do I even bother, she'll never read this".

      Putting the passive-aggressive back into the holiday....

      1. Reading this thing every year has become as much of a tradition for me as listening to Alice's Restaurant. I'm getting close to knowing all the words to both.

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        1. re: small h

          Agree totally about it becoming a fond tradition (followed in Dec. by the story of the inflatable and Grandpa lol).

          But there is simply not enough wine for dealing with Marney, unless Clos du Bois is now bottling magnums.

          1. re: DuchessNukem

            I'm thinking you need to fill -- and empty -- a Camelbak to get through that experience.

        2. I read this every year and LOVE it! Ahhh family :)

          1. And to you, linguafood. I wish more (including my own extended family) would find the humor in holiday gatherings...it would be a blast instead of a stress monger for the cook/host.

            This year, we're celebrating in Tahiti!

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            1. re: HillJ

              We're spending it with good friends. You know, the chosen family :-)

              Stress-free AND delicious.

            2. I laughed my ass off the first time I read it because it sounds so much like one of my gaggle of sisters-in-law that I had to look twice to see that it wasn't actually her name there.

              She is, however, 8000 miles away -- so I'm not going to her place; she's not coming to mine, and after a rather uncomfortable attempt several years ago, none of the rest of her family is going to her house, either.

              So I can laugh and laugh, knowing I don't have to deal with it.

              I would, however, have been sorely tempted to gather all of the other recipients in the family to yank her chain hard -- I'd have had the wrong family bringing the pie, bringing the mashed potatoes in a bowl identical to the blue one, but in another color, etc., etc., etc.

              (and if everybody hates turnips, why is *anybody* bringing them?)

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              1. re: sunshine842

                I "know" a Marney, not a family member but the DIL of a friend and I could totally imagine her writting a similar letter.