I'm sorry for this post but I just had to vent. Does anyone else have a disapproving family especially around the holidays? My wife and in-laws (the mother, father, and sister-in-law all live right next door) have all been extremely critical of my being a Transformers collector. I get the usual "when are you going to grow up?" and "You don't need toys" along with eye rolls, disapproving looks etc. etc. etc. My in-laws complain to my wife about my collecting when I'm not there. This year, they asked my wife what I wanted for Christmas. Traditionally they've bought me Amazon and ebay gift cards. Because A) They don't approve of my collecting and don't want to buy Transformers for me and B) They wouldn't know what to buy if I told them anyway. Transformers is a foreign language to them. This year, my wife was trying to be spiteful told them to buy me things I didn't want or need just so that I wouldn't end up with any Transformers this Christmas. I don't know. All of this makes me feel horrible. I told my wife my feelings and I'm a pretty good communicator. I just feel like the black sheep in my family. Maybe I ought to stop collecting because it's causing too much friction between my wife and I and also myself and the in-laws. Those of you who have significant others who approve of your hobby or even take part in it with you are extremely lucky. Especially around the holidays.