I am dealing with a situation. This individual "Jim" has a mother-in-law that does not like him - to put it very lightly. His wife "Susan" has said that her mother has never liked any of her previous boyfriends. He told me a breaking point was last Christmas when his wife skyped her mother. During this hour long conversation they each opened their gifts one at a time and talked about them. M-I-L did not want Jim involved. BTW Before his mom died, she got along very well with Susan. Is Susan caught in the middle ? Should Susan tell her mom - either Jim is included (even if no gifts are sent to him) or we don't skype on Christmas Day. Other thoughts .