There are entire branches of my family I have never met. All thanks to my dad for being militantly intolerant of drama. Any relative (or guest) started anything and they were unceremoniously booted--never to be seen or heard from again ;p. Thankfully, I don't even celebrate any of these holidays--keeps drama to a complete minimum.
My son was coughing so hard that he revealed that he had a inguinal hernia! He actually coughed his intestines into his right you-know-what!!!
Wow. That actually sounds like whooping cough. Did they actually do labs to find out it was the flu? I got keuchhusten (Pertussis) in Germany after the baby I was caring for got it (Docs gave her homeopathic remedies). We each had it over a month--worst coughing EVER!