Know something, it is the same here on the other side of the big ocean!!
My mom is bipolar and in december she is always at her "best"
She starts drinking too, ooohhh how nice with her condition and everything!
One of the reason I seldom go to Holland for christmas, and the reason why my oldest sister comes to me, with her family.
but still, although mom phones at 2 am, calling us names and cries and whatever................ blood is thicker as noodle-soup
I really like that expression, 'cause it is so true!
Sometimes it takes months to forgive her, but in the end I do, she's my ma and she is sick. (although she says she isn't)
Take care, Renee