This Mum is planning to go to extreme lengths to have the perfect Christmas, but how far is too far?
Christmas can be a stressful time of year for any family, but especially for those that struggle to make ends meet. One Aussie mum has posted to Facebook about the difficulties of funding the perfect Christmas, asking fellow users of the platform whether it would be wrong to eat the family pets for Christmas dinner.
What To Tell The Kids
Sophie and her family live on a five acre property and have a number of animals that they consider pets, but after a tough year financially, they feel they’ve been left with little option.
“We live on five acres and have loads of chickens, a goat and a pet pig,” she said. “Would it be wrong to cook them for Christmas? Not the goat, just two of the chickens and the pig? I’ve maxed out my Afterpay account and our budget doesn’t permit our usual big Christmas dinner.”
The biggest problem for Sophie is what to tell her children.
“Should we avoid telling the kids and replace them when we are more financially stable, or be honest and use this as a learning opportunity to teach them about finance and the food chain?”
What a sad reality to be facing at what should be the happiest time of the year.
A Controversial Idea
Sophie’s post attracted a lot of attention, with comments divided about whether her proposed idea was a good one.
“It’s not wrong at all, but I probably wouldn’t tell the kids,” one mum wrote.
“I think you should do what you have to do if that’s your option – then take it,” another user said.
How Can You Eat Your Pets?!?
It hasn’t all been messages of support, however, with many people expressing their disbelief and outrage.
“I can’t believe what I just read,” one person said. “I think I’d rather have a veggie Christmas than eat my pets,” said another.
We really feel for Sophie, but have to say that in her attempts to salvage Christmas, she may actually make it a more upsetting and traumatic experience for her kids. Better to miss Christmas dinner than to lose a beloved family pet we think…
What would you do if you were in Sophie’s position? Tell us in the comments.