so today we were supposed to have three "extra" family members join in the festivities, due to a series of extenuating circumstances that would have left them otherwise unoccupied on christmas day. we were going to do our normal christmas stuff for brunch and during the afternoon, and then they were going to show up around dinnertime. they were also planning to bring some food with them (one of them was bringing a vegan spinach artichoke dip, yippee!).
well, in the middle of the afternoon we got a call from one of them, saying that she had decided to go on a first date instead(!) and she wouldn't be joining us. about 20 minutes later, we got a call from her parents, saying that they weren't going to come either (mostly to prove a point and i think have something to lord over their daughter in future tense discussions). we thought this was silly, especially given the fact that they were planning to join us so they wouldn't be alone, and now they were practically wishing it upon themselves… but whatever, you can't make people do what they don't want to do, so we let them decide. they didn't show up.
but the best part? even though it meant i had to go without spinach artichoke dip, it also meant that there was no ham for dinner. score! the vast majority of us ended up eating peanut butter sandwiches, and some awesome lentil dish that had been meant mostly for me. i was all too happy to share.