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Sep242012

Dear Uncle Dom,
like most families, mine, well let`s just say we don’t always get along. I come from a family of 2 brothers and 3 sisters. There`s always something for my wife or my sisters or my stupid brother in law to argue about. Most of the time the arguments end when someone says, 'enough already'.  Needless to say none of us are on speaking terms with each other all the time. 
I know I am asking for a lot, but how can I help make all of us get along? My dream is to have a big family Christmas Eve's dinner all together this year, like when we were kids. What do you think, should I go for it?
Frank from Commack
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Dear Frank,
I think you should stop dreaming and wake up. You and your siblings are not 6 years old anymore. Sure it would be great to turn the clock back to 1964, but come on, is that what this is all about? Very few families are able to keep everyone at the table as we get older. It`s not good or bad. It just is. The kids grow up and we grow up alone with them. And that’s O.K. Everyone has to decide who they want to spend time with. You can`t make that happen for other people, even your brothers and sisters. The only thing you can manage is your own expectations. So stop hoping and wishing for yesterday and just enjoy today and maybe tomorrow before it’s even too late for that.

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