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.


  • Nothing new with her idea. Think this has been done on many farms in history.

    • She could chose to serve a vegetarian dish for Xmas, no meat needed ;)


  • Veggies…. I really don’t think the kids are that fussed about a particular meat for christmas dinner. Plus these animals are not pets, they are useful farm animals. Shame to kill them just because you feel you have to put meat on the table. And they don’t even cost in terms of feed like normal pets because they just scavenge.. at least chickens can so long as you have some grass/scrub, with worms and insects. Think goats are also cheap to feed too. so wouldn’t save much in terms of feed. Just a waste to kill them.


  • Two chickens and a pig is a lot of food for Christmas dinner. Depends what you have always told the children but I think if they only thought of them as pets and then you fed them to them they may be more than a little upset.

    • Exactly! children need to know the difference between pets and animals on a farm that are raised for food.


  • The children will notice the missing animals – so that would be a major problem with her plan. I would suggest reaching out to services that may assist.


  • If they have 5 acres then maybe lease out a couple of paddocks for some extra income? Put that money in the xmas and birthday fund.


  • It’s sad some people have this idea of having a lavish and fancy Christmas because of how other people may choose to celebrate or what they see on tv. No one has to buy 394747 amount of gifts per child or spend over $500 to do so either. Buy 1-2 ok priced gifts and have a dinner you can afford. What matters in the end is spending that time together. Have fun, play games etc and bond. It’s sad she feels this way and had to max out her afterpay


  • What is the perfect Christmas? I love presents and a nice meal as much as anyone but even if all u have is 1 gift and a small meal then so be it! Y the pig tho? Y not just stop at the chickens? And not tell the kids, replace them and hope they don’t notice…. how r u hoping to keep them from missing the only pig on ur farm? And kids will know if something is different, they r their pets and they know their personalities etc. if ur going to kill and eat the animals be honest and upfront about it. Your kids may not forgive you either way.


  • Look, if you’re starving then food is food. But this woman has maxed out her after payment account which to me says she may not be focused on the right things at this time of year. Presents are nowhere near as important as food or time together as a family. On tough years my kids have gotten a few gifts that were affordable for us. Do what you can with the money you have and ALWAYS put food before presents.


  • There are other options without resorting to eating pets just to provide the supposed perfect Xmas.


  • Christmas is about spending time with family and not about food so I would keep them pets if that means keeping my kids happy and eat a sandwich on Christmas Day it doesn’t bother me.


  • No l would never even think of this,pets are family not dinner!


  • I would do it but not tell the kids.


  • Oh wow! I would never be able to do that to my kids. There would be no way of getting around the fact that they had eaten their pets as the kids would know they are missing! I am certain there is places that can help them financially so they don’t have to do this. Maybe they wont be able to have a big flashy lunch, but they will have food.


  • That’s a tough one. The chickens I would be fine with, but the pig probably not


  • Oh my! Unbelievable that she is even thinking that. There must be some charity lunches somewhere where she could go if she really doesn’t have money left. Eating your pets! No, please!!


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