Would you pay to spend time with your family on Thanksgiving?
Social media went into a frenzy last week when a user mentioned that her aunt charges the family $30 for a Thanksgiving meal.
Now, national and local news outlets have picked up on the trend, wondering whether or not people are willing to pay to eat Thanksgiving with their family.
But Lisa Richey, founder of the American Academy of Etiquette, told a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia that hosts bear the financial responsibility.
“When you offer to host an event at your home you have to accept responsibility, and part of that is the financial piece of that,” Richey said.
So, yes, you’ll have freeloaders. But Richey had some advice.
“You don’t have to host, can have it at someone else’s house,” she said.
Social media also had thoughts on the idea, too, according to Fox News.
Hosts may be pocketing some extra cash if they’re charging each guest $30 for a Thanksgiving meal.
The American Farm Bureau Federation reported that the average cost for a Thanksgiving meal is $49.12. That includes the cost of a turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green peas, milk, pie crusts, pumpkin pie mix, whipping cream and veggie tray and coffee.
Comments on The Billfold equated a Thanksgiving meal to roughly $5 per person when you break down the hosts and average it out among guests.
But, then again, another survey from LendEDU said that people will spent $97.55 on non-travel Thanksgiving expenses.