Mom Decides To Charge Her Own Family For Christmas Dinner. When People Find Out The Reason Why, They're Stunned
A mom in the UK is taking a lot of heat from her critics after admitting that she charges each of her family members $40 for Christmas dinner. Read on to learn more!
Is it ever appropriate to charge your family for dinner? One mom in the UK sure thinks so!
According to The Daily Mail, a British mom is taking a lot of heat from her critics after revealing that she charges each of her family members $40 for Christmas dinner.
Each year, Gemma Andrews cooks a huge Christmas dinner for her entire family—about 16 people in all.
The 33-year-old mom explained on This Morning that she has always hosted Christmas dinner, but she didn’t started charging her relatives for food and drink until her in-laws made the suggestion.
Thanks to her budget, Andrews insists that everybody in the family gets a belly full of food, drink, and at least one present.
“Everyone gets a present. It’s literally open house. People come at 10am and leave at 10pm,” she said.
The mom-of-four also revealed that she and her partner still welcome her ex-husband and his family to their Christmas dinner, as well, which they’re always happy to do—as long as they pay.
Because she has friends who are forced to work on Christmas Day, Andrews also revealed that she often drops by to surprise them with a hot meal.
At the end of the day, Andrews doesn’t think she’s being unreasonable by asking her family to pay their fair share for a huge meal that she’s cooking.
“The very first year I opened my house to everybody, Christmas Eve I got it down by five people, putting my out-of-pocket for excess food. The next year, I tried doing the "bring a dish," come Christmas Eve, people were saying, "Oh, I forgot to get it," so on Christmas Eve on running around trying to find a bag of prawns,” she said.
Although the price was originally just $10 per person, Andrews insists she’s had to increase the fee over the years to accommodate for her growing family.
"The alcohol content has gone up as more children become adults, and there are more people who have had children," she told This Morning.
Naturally, people were stunned after hearing about Andrews’ idea.
“I would never think of charging my family to pay for any dinner let alone Christmas,” one commenter wrote on Twitter.
“My goose would be well and truly cooked! No one would turn up to my Christmas dinner because they would be so insulted that I could be so mercenary and mean spirited!” another added.
“Charging family for Christmas dinner is pathetic, don't care what people says it's disgusting!! If I invited a stranger around I wouldn't charge them!” another commenter wrote.
For some, however, charging family members for dinner didn’t seem as insulting as the fact that Andrews is clearly making a massive profit.
“Pure greed! She's lost the plot. Charging £30 per family member. No just no,” one commenter wrote.
“What a disgrace! Charging for Xmas dinner!! This woman is obviously making a profit. I’d rather go out and pay £100,” another added.
“Its ridiculous to charge in the first place but to charge 30 quid is shocking!! Poor wee pensioners- £60 is too much,” one person wrote.
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