I have just rung my cousin to find that, not only did he split up from his wife of some twenty years in August, but another of my cousins did the same. And I’ve sent them both Christmas cards addressed to them plus their respective spouses. Apparently my mother and my auntie have been in cahoots regarding my ignorance of this, constructing a wall of silence around it because it’s not something that families (or probably more specifically Catholic families) are meant to talk about.
At least my cousin took the error in a decently festive spirit. But given what capricious and frequently irrational creatures families can clearly be, then that was no means guaranteed. Thanks a bundle, you buggers.