This woman’s sister accused her of being a jerk because the Christmas presents she bought for her brother’s kids were better and more expensive than the ones she bought for HER kids.
The woman has two siblings. Her older brother has two children, aged 12 and 10, while her younger sister has three children, aged 10, 8, and 5. All of their families reside in New York City, where the cost of living is notably high.
They Have A Comfortable Life
The woman and her husband have high-income professions in the tech and medical fields, and they don’t have any children of their own. As a result, they are able to be quite generous when it comes to buying gifts for their family members. Additionally, their financial stability allows them to provide support to their extended family when necessary.
She Helped Her Sister
So when her sister was laid off from work last year and struggled to find another job before burning through her savings, she was happy to provide some financial assistance.
The Woman Paid for Her Children’s Camp
“She asked to borrow money around June, partially to send her children to a summer camp they’ve been begging to go to, and partially to float her until she found a job again,” shared the woman on Reddit.
The woman’s sister struggled to find a well-paying job; her part-time gig barely covers childcare costs.
So when Christmas came around, the woman had an extra special gift for her sister and her kids. Amazingly, she told her sister to forget about the $25,000 she lent her; instead, it was a gift. She also bought her boys nice new winter coats and gifted their daughter with a makeup palette and lipsticks.
It Was a Great Present
The woman’s sister was so happy. It was a beautiful gift and a sign that her sister really cared about her and her family.
but then she saw what her brother’s kids got for christmas
But the feel-good factor didn’t last long. In fact, it turned to anger and bitterness when she discovered what her sister had bought her brother’s kids for Christmas.
The Woman Explained Why
“Since I’d essentially paid for their summer camp too, I thought it would be only fair that I spend a similar amount on my brother’s kids,” shared the woman. “And so for Christmas, I booked my brother, sister-in-law, and their two kids a week-long trip to Disney world for their upcoming spring break.”
The Sister Was Furious
She said her kids are too young to understand the value of their presents or the gifted 25K loan. Instead, they feel jealous and upset that their cousins are going to Disney World – and they’re not.
The Woman Offered a Solution
This woman appreciated her sister’s point of view. So she came up with a compromise.
“I told her if she paid me back the money for their summer camp ($9k), I’d pay to add her and her kids to the Disney trip,” said the woman.
The Sister Said No
The sister refused, which kicked off a huge family drama. Both sisters said some pretty hurtful things in the heat of the moment.
“I was angry she was so unappreciative of what she already got from me,” said the woman. “In my pettiness, I said it was her failure as a parent not to teach her kids why they can’t go. She keeps saying it was unfair and her kids will feel left out.”
The Parents Said She Was Too Harsh
She asked her parents for advice, and they agreed with her sister. They said she was being too harsh on her sister. They said summer camp is a “normal activity,” while Disney World is a “special experience.”
Should She Pay Up?
The woman can easily afford it, so now she thinks she should just include her sister and her kids.
So she recently asked the internet for their thoughts.
“Not the jerk. You gave your sibling $25,000, and they are complaining about you? What world are they living in?” posted one person.
“Good lord, what entitlement,” reads a similar comment. “You are being extremely generous, and I think the way you divided things up was fair. It is outrageous that she would complain about this.
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