Latest Confession: talking to my in-laws over Christmas was great (although I was totally dreading it!). I got a little liquored up (and I am *NOT* a drinker, but figured I'd have a few to try to get through the annual Christmas webcam chat in one piece). What was particularly great is that my in-laws were stopped dead in their tracks and in awe of how well my husband and I are doing - how beautiful our home is, etc. They seemed so stunned, they couldn't even brag about their ridiculous lives and could only sit there in stunned silence as my husband let them know how well things are going here. My mother-in-law didn't even have a chance to say something passive-aggressive, which is a first for her. Needless to say, it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment to revel in watching these arseholes be shut down, if only for a few minutes. I'm sure they'll recover enough to toss out passive-aggressive jabs in future webcam visits, but my husband has already said that I can return to my No Contact status with them (so long as I agree to make a polite appearance each Christmas on webcam...which is fine with me)...and they certainly dial the passive-aggressiveness down when I'm not there.
Needless to say, after a decade of dealing with their crap, including them always looking down their noses at us, it feels fabulous to have them sit there in jealous admiration for five minutes. Again, I know they'll return to looking down their noses at us, but there's no price that can be placed on this momentary feeling of wonderful, delicious karma.
I hope you all found moments of similar delight with your own wretched in-laws over the holidays!