How do I cope with the pain this Christmas?
So long story short, every Christmas I experience the pain of my immediate family not being close as kids to my Mom's side of the family. I feel the rejection I felt when told "Mom's family doesn't want a relationship with us". This really hurt me. My parents don't get it. I am 30 now and in pain every Christmas cause we have to do individual visits when everyone else gathers together. Yet, when I invited myself a couple times my Mom's brother and his wife who host everything were uncomfortable and cold.
How do I cope this year at Christmas with the pain of being rejected by my Mom's half of the family and the loss of not having the joy my cousins get to have.