A GRANDMOTHER is set to make profit this Christmas, after upping her annual charge for family members to eat dinner to £35 each.
Hayley Garbutt, from Filey, North Yorkshire, decided to make it a yearly tradition to charge her ever-growing family for their Christmas dinner, as she found herself catering for more and more people.
Yet by charging £35-a-head, she’s ensuring it’s not your standard Christmas meal, instead choosing to turn into an extravagant affair, with multiples choices of meat, cheeses and even alcohol – and uses the surplus to go all out.
This year she’s expecting to cater for 12 guests including her three children, their partners, her four grandchildren and even some of her friends.
Hayley has already received the £420 as she creates her lavish feast, but has only spent £300 – and she reckons it’s allowed to cater for everyone’s needs and means they can all indulge.
The end of life carer, 52, said, “I get all of my family to put in before I go and do the shop.
“This year I spent £300 online at Morrisons, doing the big shop and making sure I had a variety of things in.
“But it’s not that I’m being tight – it means I get to spend more in other aspects then too like presents – this year the tree has so many presents stacked around it, that you can’t even see it.
“My fridge is absolutely packed and I’ve got all sorts of different meats in, from beef, to turkey, pork and chicken.
“I’ve got champagne for Christmas day and all the fizzy drinks for the kids.
“On the actual day, I have my daughters Lucy 26, and Zola, 33 coming and my son Luke, 27.
“They’re all bringing their partners, and Zola’s kids are coming too – Ella 13, Ashton 11, Dawson seven and Summer rose, three and we’ve got another one on the way too.
“I’ll lay their Christmas meal out like a buffet and make sure everything that they request is there.
“It’s going to be the full works, and nobody leaves until really late, as in the evening I get more guests coming too.
“I’ll wash up and I’ll clean but I’ll make sure there’s everything from King prawns, to pizza, to homemade quiches.”
Hayley even enters into the spirit of Christmas by dressing up – as elves or even reindeer.
She works her usual shift in her role as an end of life carer throughout the day and then ensures she puts on a show for all who come round.
She added, “Christmas is such an important time of year for me, I love to see the kids open their presents, and love being close to all my family.
“In truth, I’d probably say my family are spoilt at Christmas – but that’s part of the fun of it.”
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Plus, Primark has launched matching Mickey Mouse pyjamas for the whole family with prices starting at just £10.