It doesn’t matter who you are or how big your family is, Christmas is often one of the most expensive days of the year. But it’s worth it, wouldn’t you agree? The one day of the year where everyone gets together to enjoy each other’s company and drink their weight in over-expensive alcohols while wearing the most hilariously ugly Christmas jumpers. We honestly can’t wait.
One woman, however, is making waves online for being a pragmatic Grinch, as it were. Posting on a popular Mumsnet forum, she suggested that everyone in her family visiting chips in £5 for the the rib of beef her family had ‘demanded’.
This has, as you can imagine, upset many, many people online. Even at Christmas, the internet can be a toxic place to hang out.
“Am I being unreasonable to ask people to chip in for Christmas dinner?”, the hard up Mum posted on the forum, reported by The Independent.
“I have recently moved to the same town as the rest of his and my family, which has put us in the position of being able to host Christmas dinner this year,” she added.
“Problem being it has been a difficult year financially for us and whilst we don’t mind (obviously!) doing the bulk of everything, we asked if everyone would mind contributing just a few quid (£5!) towards buying the huge joint of beef that everyone wants.”
The economy hasn’t been kind to many of us and as we read further into her post, we can sympathise. It’d be embarrassing to have to rearrange Christmas plans – everyone understands that Christmas is an expensive time. Personally, we’ve made an effort to find a number of Christmas gifts under £10 – friends and family don’t come cheap…
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Some people were less understanding. The criticism followed the line of logic that this woman shouldn’t have offered to host unless they knew they could afford it.
Not exactly in the spirit of Christmas,” one mum said. Another pointed out that “It’s nice for people to offer to contribute either some money or dessert or wine but you’re effectively charging them to come for dinner.”
“We are not well off and have done this regularly. People chip in for dinner. Everyone mucks in and its fun.” said maybe the most rational poster on the whole forum.
It’s not fair to plant the onus on one person, especially with a larger family and tighter purse strings. Christmas is about understanding, throwing away pretences and charitable giving.
Our advice is for everyone to get off their high horses and get into the festive spirit.