Gemma Andrews is a 33-year-old mother of four. For the past 10 years, she’s been hosting Christmas dinner at her home in the UK.
She usually has about 16 guests in total, including her parents, grandparents, and even her ex-husband and his family. Gemma prefers to do the extensive cooking herself so she can manage her son’s severe food allergies.
But over the last few years, the expenses have continued to increase. “The alcohol content has gone up as more children become adults, and there are more people who have had children,” she says.
One year, Gemma’s grandparents offered to chip in for the expensive feast. This gave the busy host a rather controversial idea.
In a recent interview on British talk show This Morning, Gemma made a confession that spurred a ton of heated debate…
Gemma Andrews, a mom of four, has been hosting Christmas dinner for the past 10 years.
She prefers to handle the cooking on her own because of her son’s severe food allergies.
Cooking for 16 people has become more expensive over the past few years.
Every year, there seems to be a greater need for more food, more alcohol, and more kid-friendly options.
If you host a holiday feast for your friends and family, chances are you’re well aware it’s not cheap to do.
And things only seem to getting more expensive, year by year.
One year, Gemma’s grandparents offered to chip in for the expensive feast.
The idea stuck.
In a recent interview with British talk show This Morning, Gemma revealed she now charges her family and friends $40 per head for a spot at her Christmas table.
She defended her controversial decision and says “no one has ever had an issue.”
Gemma also says the financial contributions mean she has a bigger budget for holiday gifts for her loved ones.
But the idea of charging one’s own family for Christmas dinner spurred a heated debate.
The talk show hosts and viewers at home seemed to be split down the middle in their opinions.
“I’m sorry, but I think you’re making Scrooge look like Mary Poppins,” host Kathy told Gemma.
If I charge my family for Christmas, I’d have to put my family up for adoption.”
Many viewers agreed, saying Gemma must be making a profit off her dinner guests.
Pretty soon, thousands of viewers were expressing their outrage on Twitter.
Another host questioned Gemma’s budget and said it “wasn’t in line with inflation.”
But Gemma insisted all of the money she receives goes right back into the Christmas meal.
This Morning host Phillip Schofield disagreed with his co-hosts.
He told Gemma she was doing a “lovely” thing for her loved ones, money aside.
Others say $40 for a nice Christmas dinner is a much better deal than what guests would pay at a restaurant.
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