Mother-In-Law Charging Family $30 A Head For Christmas Lunch

A mother has shocked her son and daughter-in-law when she asked them to pay £17 for Xmas lunch. The couple turned to the internet and the idea of a bill has people split.

Anyone who has hosted Christmas for their loved ones knows it's expensive, and the cost of all that food and booze adds up. Some families ask everyone to bring a plate, and while this ensures everyone chips in cost wise, you do risk some dodgy contributions. Oh, your entrée is Barbecue Shapes? Thanksss.

While a lot of hosts just wear it on the chin and put the costs down to “love”, one woman has decided to charge her family £17-a-head to attend this year's Christmas dinner.

As reported by Mamamia, the mum is opting to charge her guests for the meal.

Her son was completely shocked by the request and is now even considering skipping the celebrations.

The daughter-in-law posted her dilemma on popular parenting website Mumsnet, and stated that she would be happy to bring a dish but handing over money “just feels wrong”.

The responses to the post and the thrifty mum’s idea were mixed.

User whatnametouse commented, “No - I would never ask people to pay to come to my house for dinner”.

“I definitely would not ask for money and would not ask for food contributions either, but I would hope that my guests would bring some wine and nibbles for supper / snacks,” another user posted. Again, depending on the family member, it would be worth subtly adding ‘a nice-ish bottle, not cask’

AgentProvocateur stated, “If you can’t afford it, don’t invite people”.

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Or you could just give them the money and say this

Other users weren’t so offended by the idea of being asked to contribute money.

User lalalalyra’s family do something similar, saying, “we ‘host’ Christmas dinner every year, but it’s only here because we have the space for the tables. So everyone chips in to cover it.”

Another understanding poster commented, “It's really expensive to cater for Christmas dinner for a lot of people. Don't think of it as her charging you but instead think of it as you all contributing to the cost of the food.”

If your family does ask you to contribute some cash, before boycotting the event, stop and think ‘would you want to host, cover all costs and peel 100+ prawns?’ Exactly.

Just stick a fitty in a Christmas card and throw it under the tree, there’s a good chance your Mum has done the same for you anyway.