CHRISTMAS is a time for spending with loved ones – indulging in delicious food and tucking into festive favourites.
But what would you do if you were invited to Christmas dinner at a relative’s house – and then CHARGED for it?
A woman took to Mumsnet to vent after being charged for Christmas dinner at her sister-in-law’s house[/caption]
She was left stunned when she got a “bill” for the occasion – charging £40 a head[/caption]
That’s the predicament one woman found herself in, and she took to Mumsnet to ask for advice on dealing with it.
“My SIL said she would host Christmas this year as she has a big new house and plenty of room for us all,” she began.
“I asked if I should bring something and she said she would just do a shop and split the cost.
“She did suggest we bring our own alcohol.
“I thought it was a little odd, as did my hubby but he reminded me that she was cheap and the food wouldn’t cost that much anyway!
“Best to just agree with it instead of making a fuss.”
She took five bottles of wine, and only drank one, while her husband didn’t have any – and she left the remaining bottles there.
“We were given cereal for breakfast and tinned soup for lunch and a basic Christmas dinner,” she wrote.
“No puddings and just a little cheese for dessert.”
After Christmas was finished, she received a bill for the privilege of having dinner at her sister-in-law’s – and it came to £40 each.
“Am I being unreasonable to feel angry and insulted by this all?” she said.
“It doesn’t seem right to hand over money. Especially to family.
“Also I feel really ripped off! I don’t want to upset my husband, but his family are a new level of cheap.
“If I did that to my brother, he probably wouldn’t speak to me again!”
People were quick to comment on the situation, with opinions divided as to who was in the wrong.
“That is so uncouth and embarrassing,” one wrote.
“I would be asking her for an itemised bill and really be petty about it down to the last penny.
“Make her see how mean and cheap she is being.”
While another added: “Insulted is a bit dramatic..
“I hosted my family this year, I expected to cover the cost but they all insisted on giving something towards it which I thought was nice.”