After spending Hundreds of pounds in the supermarket and hours slaving away in the kitchen one mom got fed up and started charging her family to come to the Holiday dining. There's no doubt about it, hosting Christmas day and other holidays is exhausting & expensive especially when you are expecting people to arrive and have plenty of left over food.One fed-up mum has sparked a huge debate by revealing that she CHARGES her family members to enjoy their festive dinner at her house. Gemma Andrews has laid down the law with her relatives charging them £30 a head -and thinks more people should do the same.Speaking on This Morning, Gemma explained she'd grew tired of being left out of pocket.She simply replied those who don't pay usually don't come. "The very first year I opened my house to everybody on Christmas Eve I got let down by five people and I had so much excess food," she said."The year after I tried 'bring a dish'. Come Christmas Eve, people said 'Oh I forgot to get it' and I'm running around trying to find a bag of prawns. It's more stressful."Although she did say: "I don't charge for the children."
People claimed she is starting to treat this like a business, maybe trying to profit off the meals. It's unsure if people get more than one serving but for the price of a 5 people family you could most likely buy your own meal to make at home for cheaper. She claims though that many of her relatives would just be at home lonely and that they don't have to worry about cooking she will handle it herself, including the messy cleanup after. "They don't have to come," replied Gemma."My grandparents-in-law come every year without fail - and if they didn't come they'd be sat at home on their own."They pay it in November," she added.The centerpiece of a sit-down meal varies on the tastes of the host but can be ham, roast beef, or goose, particularly since turkey is the mainstay at dinner for the American holiday of Thanksgiving in November, around one month earlier. Regional meals offer diversity. Virginia has oysters, ham pie, and fluffy biscuits, a nod to its English 17th century founders. The Upper Midwest includes dishes from predominantly Scandinavian backgrounds such as lutefisk and mashed rutabaga or turnip. In the southern US, rice is often served instead of potatoes, and on the Gulf Coast, shrimp and other seafood are usual appetizers, and Charlotte Russechilled in a bed of Lady Fingers (called just Charlotte) is a traditional dessert, along with pumpkin and pecan pies. In some rural areas, game meats like elk or quail may grace the table, often prepared with old recipes: it is likely that similar foodstuffs graced the tables of early American settlers on their first Christmases.