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Mother-In-Law Wants To Charge £17 Per Person for Family Christmas Lunch

Mother-In-Law Wants To Charge £17 Per Person for Family Christmas Lunch

A woman's mother-in-law has come under fire for wanting to charge £17 per person for Christmas lunch.

Posting on Mumsnet, Staceyjas said her boyfriend's mum is hosting four adults and their young child on Christmas Day.

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She opted to buy pre-made food as cooking from scratch on the day is a lot of effort, but has asked guests to pay up for the meal.

"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," Staceyjas wrote.

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"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."

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Her boyfriend offered to bring a desert or another dish instead of handing over the money, but his mum refused.

"He said handing over cash just feels wrong," she said, adding her partner said the day is about family not money.

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"There's 4 adults (including him) and 1 toddler attending. And if I was hosting I would not dream of asking for money just bring a bottle," she wrote.

While some people agree that asking for money for the meal is too much and that offering to bring a dish is adequate.

One person wrote: "I'd allocate a dish to each person but £17 a head sounds a lot. Surely it's just a posh roast dinner! What's she buying?? Is tell your bf to come to yours!"

Another commented: "Cannot think of anything less hospitable than setting the menu and demanding your 'guests' pay for it."

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"No - I would never ask people to pay to come to my house for dinner," someone else wrote. Take turns each year or ask people to bring a dish if you are short on cash."

Another added: "I wouldn't dream of asking for money. How could anyone invite people for dinner and then ask them to pay for it?"

Others disagreed with Stacejas, pointing out that Christmas lunch can be expensive.

One person wrote: "I think it's fair to be honest; why should she have to cover the cost every year when it's likely to be £100 plus and why should she have to cover the cost of not wanting to do so much cooking."

"I gave my sister a £100 M&S voucher when she did xmas a few years ago as my contribution (me and boyfriend stayed a few days)," another said. "We won't host with a small flat so felt the right thing to do. Seems reasonable if one person always hosts everyone else."

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