A mother plans to charge family $22 per plate for Christmas lunch

’Tis the season for giving, but most would assume that doesn’t mean giving cash to your family member in order to enjoy Christmas lunch with her.

Mumsnet user Staceyjas shared that her partner was planning to attend his mother’sChristmas lunch while she would be with her own family for the holiday, but they recently learned of the mother’s intentions, causing her partner to have second thoughts. The guests are expected to pay the mother $22 for their plate, and now he is unsure if he wants to attend.

“She said she doesn’t want to do it all from scratch and wants to get it all pre-done so it’s more money, which I understand but he’s gutted and feels like he wants to come to my family now. I can see it from both sides and it’s hard work and can be expensive but not like she is financially destitute,” the woman wrote.

The woman wonders what other people’s opinions on the matter are, and the response is a resounding, who does that?

“Personally I wouldn’t — I would ask people to contribute by bringing specific contributions to the meal instead,” one person commented. 

Others took to Twitter, saying the mom should go “straight on the naughty list.”

“If you can’t afford it, don’t invite people. Or only cook what you can afford. I’d never charge anyone, far less family, for dinner,” another shared.

Added another, “Cannot think of anything less hospitable than setting the menu and demanding your ‘guests’ pay for it.”

But there were some supporters of the partner’s mother. One person wrote, “I think it’s fair to be honest; why should she have to cover the cost every year?” Another commenter thought it sounded like a bargain, writing, “Based on how much Christmas costs us I’d say that was a good deal!”

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