Par­ents can­cel hol­i­day din­ners when adult chil­dren will not bury hatchet

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Dear Abby: The hol­i­day season is here, with the tra­di­tional fam­ily din­ner get-to­geth­ers. Our prob­lem is, our two chil­dren (ages 27 and 29) don’t like each other and rarely have con­tact. This cre­ates such stress­ful hol­i­day meals that my wife and I would pre­fer to sim­ply not have them.

What words should we use to ex­plain to both of them that we will no longer host hol­i­day fam­ily din­ners in the fu­ture? The co­nun­drum arises if one of them says, “Well, I can come for Thanks­giv­ing, so ‘Jesse’ can come for Christ­mas,” which di­vides us in a way that is un­ac­cept­able. Al­though we have asked them to work out their is­sues, they have made no progress. Your ad­vice?

— Dad Stressed By

The Holi­days and I have de­cided to make other plans in­stead.”

Dear Abby: I am a 64year-old man who has de­cided to do­nate my body to sci­ence af­ter I pass. Would it be help­ful to write/have a bio that in­cludes some of my med­i­cal his­tory?

I am a Type 2 di­a­betic and have scars on my face from in­juries from when I was a kid to adult­hood. I’m not in­ter­ested in writ­ing a book but thought it might be help­ful af­ter I die for the med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion. What do you think?

— Cu­ri­ous In Fort Worth

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