Gemma Andrews became the hostess for her family’s Christmas feast 10 years ago, but now she asking her family to pay to sit at her table.
The mother of four is ready to see some money from her guests after spending years of shopping and cooking for at least 16 people, a number that has gone up over the years as more kids are born, according to Romper.
Andrews explained on the British talk show “This Morning” she is asking her adult guests to pay her $40 for their meal after trying and failing to get her family to pitch in by bringing a dish for the meal:
“The very first year I opened my house to everybody, Christmas Eve I got it down by five people, putting my out-of-pocket for excess food. The next year, I tried doing the ‘bring a dish,’ come Christmas Eve, people were saying, ‘Oh, I forgot to get it,’ so on Christmas Eve on running around trying to find a bag of prawns.”
Now the amount of money she spends keeps increasing yearly as prices go up and the ages of people sitting at the table rise. She explained:
“The alcohol content has gone up as more children become adults, and there are more people who have had children.”
Cafe Mom reports Andrews doesn’t have the option of passing the meal responsibility off to someone else though because of her son’s severe food allergies:
“I have to control the cooking. He has so many allergies that I wouldn’t trust anybody else.”
The woman said her family doesn’t mind being charged for their food, but her holiday meal fee still got people riled up:
No way!!!!! Who would do that
— Louise Gallier (@louise_gallier) November 29, 2017
This lady just lost the meaning of Christmas
— Fiona Ni Mhuirri (@FionaFaery) November 29, 2017
— Hannah Clements (@HClem15) November 29, 2017
I would never think of charging my family to pay for any dinner let alone Christmas.
— Jennifer Spring (@SpringJazzy532) November 29, 2017
Some loved the idea though:
If her family are willing to pay then it is a joint agreement in my eyes. It’s very expensive and not everyone can afford to be so extravagant. They spend Christmas together which is the important thing. Good luck to them and Merry Christmas!!??
— Keri-Ann Smith (@KeriAnnSmith3) November 29, 2017
Others flat-out agreed with her:
It’s expensive to host a whole Christmas dinner alcohol and all…I think it’s only right that people contribute
— diane bell (@RoebuckDiane) November 29, 2017
Everyone has to bring something to our house. If they don’t, they are not coming in ?
— Kate Armstrong-Mason (@KatieArmstron16) November 29, 2017
She even managed to convince someone this was the way to go:
I know I said there was no chance in hell I would make people pay for Christmas dinner but after hearing this debate it almost sounded ok if everybody agree to it and if guests are coming they could volunteer to bring or pay ? for it @hollywills @thismorning @Schofe ✌️???
— Chris Lillie (@LillieChris) November 29, 2017
So who has the right idea about paying for Christmas dinner?
Watch Andrews explain why she thinks she is making the right call below: