Son decides to skip traditional lunch after mother asks him to pay $22 for his Christmas meal
A Mumsnet user by the name of Staceyjas revealed that her mother-in-law has asked her son to pay for his Christmas meal
A post about a mother-in-law's bizarre demand shared on Mumsnet is going viral on social media and has divided opinion online as she reportedly told her son to pay £17 ($22) per head for their Christmas meal. The post has many debating about whether it is correct to charge your own family for food.
According to the post, the mother reportedly does not want to prepare to prepare the food "from scratch" and would like to order the entire Christmas meal, making it expensive.
A Mumsnet user by the name of Staceyjas revealed that there are four adults and one toddler attending the dinner and her mother-in-law has asked her son for money even though "she doesn't charge for a normal Sunday roast."
"AIBU [am I being unreasonable] to think you should ask family to pay for their Xmas lunch? My partner has just told me that his mother, who he's having Christmas lunch with, said she wants £17 per head from him!" she wrote in the post.
"I'm going to my family's for lunch so invited him also but he has had it there all his life with his grandparents and siblings too. She said she doesn't want to do it all from scratch and wants to get it all pre-done so it's more money, which I understand but he's gutted and feels like he wants to come to my family now. I can see it from both sides and it's hard work and can be expensive but not like she is financially destitute. This has never happened before and he has offered to bring the dessert etc but he said handing over cash just feels wrong," she continued.
"As he says it's about family not money but I wanted to see what other people's opinions are? Or if you do this," she added in the post.
Although there are many who have expressed that the request put forward by the mother is unreasonable, there are several others who back the woman, agreeing that family members should contribute for such extravagant meals.
"It's really expensive to cater for Christmas dinner for a lot of people. I did it one year, it cost me over £400," one user wrote.
While another user said: "To be honest it sounds like his mother is just fed up with being the only one organizing and cooking the Christmas dinner every year. Has it ever occurred to him to pitch in?"
Reports state that the son was "gutted" by his mother's demands and was so taken aback by the suggestion that he is now considering going to his partner's family instead for the occasion.