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 kidspot.com.au reports.

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. 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.

 

  • Sad situation to be in. I think the kids would rather have the pets than eat them for Christmas. Could scar them when they find out.

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  • Should maybe change the article name because peoples first thoughts are, “Ohhh No! Not the family dog!.” Thing is its upto her. Do what works for your family, who cares what others say!

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  • Oh dear, I hope they work it out.

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  • I do have a relative that went vegetarian after finding out they’d eaten the pet lamb. I think it would depend on how much of a pet the animal is to the family. But I suppose it is part of life if we eat meat…

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  • Personally I don’t eat animals and think you can perfectly live without. I teach my kids that animals are living beings for us to cherish and respect, to protect and take care for. I don’t teach my kids that our tummy comes before the life of an animal. There are beautiful Xmas lunches to make without meat.

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  • ohh nooo… she could actually ask the kids and they will themselves say they don’t to kill the pets… have a modest and simple Christmas then :) … if the kids says YES, which i have my doubts on, :( ..maybe explain them the consequences.

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  • She can either:
    Not kill the animals and have a modest Xmas… the kids will learn the value of budgeting and living within their means.
    Kill the animals and tell the kids- the kids learn the circle of life but potentially may not eat the meat anyway and learn nothing about money management,
    Kill the animals & not tell the kids- the kids learn nothing, they have no pets & the Mum puts on her fancy Xmas ( that she can’t afford).

    I’d be going option A.

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  • This is such a hard one. If they have been eating their farm animals from the start it wouldn’t be an issue and the kids would understand because it’s always been that way from the start. If the kids are out in the yard with the animals petting them, playing with them and have named them there will be heartache. If it was me I would maybe just keep Christmas really simple and inexpensive and not have over the top gifts and food and spare the animals. Without knowing the full story it’s hard to know the right choice.

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  • I could never do it, and I don’t think Christmas dinner/lunch has to be over the top. To me, it’s not about extravagant food and drink, its about being with loved ones. I don’t care what we eat as long as I get to spend the day with them

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  • maybe have a simple Christmas :)

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  • I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I was put in her position, I don’t own pets or farm animals. I do however know the struggle around Christmas time. For us we do very basic Christmas when things get tight, a BBQ with a few salads or as we don’t really have Christmas guests a cheap roast with veg and maybe a cake or tinned fruit with whipped cream for sweets. You don’t have to go extravagant to have a beautiful meal to share with your loved ones.

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  • I suspect there is a slightly different reality and lifestyle when it comes to farm-style living. As parents we all have to do whatever it takes to look after our family. Personally I’d find a way to “masterchef” a meal made from cheap pantry staples and dress it all up fancily. I probably couldn’t stomach taking out the family’s working pets to put them on the Christmas dinner table, and most definitely would not tell the kids about it! Actually, I’d probably offer to clean a friend’s house (or several) leading up to Christmas to earn a few extra dollars to pay for the purchase of the fare I wanted to serve my family. Parents are infinitely resourceful. There is always another way! Improvisation is king!

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  • As the owner of pet chickens, and a goat that lives on my Dad’s farm, there is NO WAY I would kill them for any reason. If they’re pets, they’re a part of the family. I am against killing animals for any reason though, not something I could do. I’m sure they won’t starve if they keep their pets save and sound.

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  • The question is why people feel the need to go so extravagant with food for Xmas ! Why not a simple beautiful meal you like ? and why should that be expensive ? and for me as vegetarian I could ask why the need to eat animals uberhaupt ?

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  • If you do decide to kill and eat the pets, do NOT tell the kids, my dad did this when I was, young living on a farm. My dad brought home a pet lamb for us and we adored him, fed him, took care of him and when she grew up we would ride her after school, she let us do this because she knew she loved us. When my dad told us it was “time” we were horrified and begged him not to, we never forgave him for this and of course refused to eat her. In fact I never ate lamb again, and now many years later do not eat meat at all. Tell them a white lie, take the “pets” away to be killed when the kids are not at home and tell them a fox must have got them or they flew away, or similar, keep it brief and tell them we will get more soon as we can after Christmas, just don’t tell them. As a vegan now it always bothers me that people can distinguish between killing pets and those bought in a supermarket. The other option I would suggest is contact the Salvos or other charity and ask for a hamper, tell them you are really struggling this year, I know locally they give out hampers to the needy, or just ask a relative to pitch in for the meat this year. Lastly and my favorite go vegan this year, check out forksoverknives.com

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