Darling's wife was there and is 100% supportive of our relationship. She was thrilled when I showed her the ring. I think this is very overwhelming to his family. We will probably have to start our own Holiday traditions if his extended family is not comfortable. He and I both agree that the chidren are OUR children. He is their stepfather and it is important that he be included in our Christmas celebration. I am just sad that my children are being left out. They are very aware of our relationship and are very accepting. They love him very much. I will have to redefine holidays for us now. I need to work on reframing the situation.
I guess that I am dealing with the holiday blues right now. The thought of waking up on Christmas morning without Darling there is hard.