A mum has defended her decision to charge her guests for Christmas dinner.
Mum-of-four Gemma Andrews, 33, appeared on a TV talk show to explain that she’s been hosting Christmas Day for ten years and puts a lot of time and effort into making it the perfect day for her guests, so doesn’t feel that charging them each $55 is inappropriate.
Ms Andrews’ grandparents first gave her the idea of charging for her efforts when they offered to pay money towards the ingredients bought for the Christmas lunch.
She explained that her son has severe food allergies, so she prefers to cater in order to suit his needs.
She also explained that the money she collects goes towards treating her guests. “Everyone gets a present. It’s literally open house. People come at 10am and leave at 10pm,” she said, adding that some of her friends are nurses who don’t have time to prepare anything special, so drop in on her throughout the day.
Australian Author, Kathy Lette, who was also a guest on the show, was shocked, and said her guests would be insulted.
Social media was divided by her decision. “I may start to charge for Christmas dinner. That way I know nobody will come and we can have a quiet one. Hahaha!” one person wrote.
With another adding: “NO it is never okay to charge your family for Christmas dinner Christmas is a time for family and giving.. What has happened to the world?”
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