A man named Luke had always held frustrations with his in-law family, believing that they didn’t care about him or enjoy spending time with him. Interestingly, the man had a twin brother, so when he was invited to a Christmas Eve gathering, he hatched a plan.
Luke explained that he hated interacting with his wife’s family: “For a while, I’ve told her that none of her family members notice me or care about anything I do.”
Christmas Eve Gatherings
The man’s woes typically manifested at his in-law’s annual Christmas Eve gatherings. “They insist on me attending, but I know that they never include me, and I basically have to insert myself into conversations and it feels awkward and unnatural”, he explained.
His Wife’s Denial
However, the man’s wife always shut him down when he said this. She insisted that they genuinely enjoyed spending time with him, and they wouldn’t invite him if that wasn’t the case.
Testing His Theory
In an effort to prove himself right, Luke decided to make a bold move. He proposed a wager to his wife: instead of attending the Christmas Eve gathering himself, he suggested bringing his twin brother, Steve, and observing if anyone would notice the switch.
Bizarrely, Luke’s wife agreed to this wager. Steve also agreed, and both he and Luke’s wife agreed to return from the gathering and report back to Luke with their findings.
Keeping Things Fair
To keep the wager fair, Luke intentionally left Steve in the dark about how to act. He offered no guidance or preparation other than a humorous $20 incentive.
Steve’s Eye-Opening Experience
As promised, Steve attended the Christmas Eve gathering in Luke’s place, and he quickly realized that nobody approached him throughout the night. To his surprise, nobody even realized that he wasn’t Luke. Steve confessed that he, too, felt excluded and could empathize with Luke’s longstanding frustration.
On Christmas morning, Luke made the brave decision to invite Steve to accompany him to his in-law’s family gathering. However, this time Luke had the intention of revealing the previous night’s experiment.
Revealing the Truth
As planned, Luke disclosed that he hadn’t attended the Christmas Eve celebrations, and had in fact been replaced by Steve, who had been similarly disappointed in the family’s apparent indifference. He explained that this was why he had stopped trying to engage with them.
A Divide with His Wife
However, this revelation didn’t sit well with Luke’s wife. She had initially considered the twin switch to be a humorous prank meant to stay between the three of them. Luke’s decision to expose the family’s indifference was a whole different kettle of fish.
Naturally, Luke’s grand reveal achieved nothing but caused more tension. Luke’s disdain for his in-laws was now validated, and whether or not his in-laws genuinely disliked Luke before was now irrelevant, because they certainly did now. Realizing all this, Luke quickly began to realize that his wife might have been right, and the announcement might have been a terrible idea.
The Internet’s Thoughts
Luke headed online to share his story, and unsurprisingly, he was ridiculed by the internet. “You should have kept it between yourself and your wife to prove a point”, one reader pointed out. “Yes, what her family does sucks, but you really have no hope for that ever changing now. You’ve simply made a bad situation worse – congratulations.”
A Pointless Experiment
Many readers pointed out that Luke’s ‘experiment’ was completely unproductive. “What exactly was your goal here?”, a commenter rhetorically asked. “Did you want to be treated better, or did you want to expose your in-laws’ jerkiness and rub it in? Because these two goals are kinda mutually exclusive.”
Everyone agreed that Luke, Steve, and the whole family had acted terribly, but Luke was criticized in particular for choosing to expose his in-laws during festivities. “Wow, congratulations, you successfully ruined Christmas for your wife’s family… Merry Christmas”, laughed one commenter.
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