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Is It Ever Okay To Charge Your Family For Christmas Dinner?

A grandmother of four has weighed in on the debate on whether it's acceptable to charge your family for Christmas dinner.

Hayley Garbutt appeared on This Morning where she revealed she was tired of spending around £500 on a luxurious dinner for her family, which was becoming increasingly more expensive as more grandchildren were being born.

The 50-year-old confessed to charging her family members £30 per head for the meal, which includes alcohol all the way through into the evening.

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While some viewers branded her a legend for being confident in enough in her cooking to charge her family, others called it 'outrageous' and 'terrible'.

A debate was first sparked when one woman took to Mumsnet to complain her mother-in-law was charging £17 per head for Christmas dinner.

Justifying her price, Hayley explained: "If you go out for your Christmas dinner, you're talking £70 a head plus, you know by the time you've finished that, having small grandchildren from two to 12, taking the time between each meal, it just gets too much, they've had enough.

"But for us to sit down and plan the Christmas dinner and what we want, plus the drinks. It's not like they come round for their Christmas dinner and they leave at a certain time, they stay until half 10, 11 o' clock."

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

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As the debate went on, even Vanessa Feltz who was appearing on the other side of the debate, admitted: "The truth is, I'm not really against it. I'm just jealous.

"I think she's so brave to say right, £30 a head nearest and dearest. I think it's brilliant. The problem is, I'm not a good enough cook to charge."

One viewer agreed with Hayley's method, tweeting: "This lady that hosts Christmas Day for her family on #thismorning is a legend!"

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Another echoed her thoughts, adding: "Christmas is expensive. Why should it fall on one person to fit the whole bill? Everyone chipping in for food and drink is perfectly acceptable. We are buying the drinks this year for our family whilst the mother-in-law does the food. Best way."

However, others branded Hayley 'outrageous' with some insisting there's 'no way a Christmas dinner would cost £500.'

"Charging family and guests £30 for a Christmas lunch... outrageous! Not sure if she charges same for the kids, but if she does, a family of 4 is going to cost £120! How about everyone contributes to different parts of the meal?! Someone buys the turkey, starter, pudetc #This Morning."

Either way, it sounds like Hayley puts on a cracking spread for the family.

Featured Image Credit: Pexels

Topics: Life, This Morning, Christmas, Life News, Christmas Dinner, Real, Food And Drink

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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