Dad of 3 Blasted for Leaving Family with $100 for Christmas After Plans to Attend World Cup

Gillian Sisley

Is $100 enough to have a holly jolly Christmas?

With Christmas just around the corner, many families are preparing to host Christmas events and also collect gifts to give to one another on the big day.

Christmas is no small affair, and for a lot of families, it's a very expensive event. It's not uncommon for most families to budget early in the year so that they don't fall into debt during the Christmas season.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a father buys tickets to go to an international football game, only leaving $100 in the family budget for Christmas presents and everything related to Christmas.

Is $100 enough to have a holly jolly Christmas?

A Reddit post published on November 21st, reported on by Taylor McCloud from Newsweek, has gone viral with 18,500 upvotes and 4,000 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that her husband has a full-time job and makes a pretty decent salary. However, despite his comfortable income, he ‘tightens his grip on spending’. The reason he's so frugal in their spending life is that he likes to be able to save up to go watch soccer games overseas and internationally. His wife explains that he is ‘obsessed with football’.

That said, the author continues that she's the one responsible for everything Christmas in the household, including cooking dinner, buying presents, and the like. She also indicates that her husband won't return until December 20th from his trip. He told her there would be a portion of money put aside after the World Cup expenses so that she could properly prepare for Christmas.

Though the husband promised a ‘chunk of money’, the author just learned that she'd only been left with $100 to purchase Christmas decorations, food, and gifts for both the couple and also their three kids.

How much is reasonably needed to pull off a Christmas celebration?

The author was horrified by this, and told her husband that $100 for an entire family's Christmas celebration was ‘ridiculously not enough’. He told her to ‘just take the money’ and not complain about it, but she responded that if he was only going to leave her with $100 then she won't be doing anything for Christmas this year.

She concludes that her husband is in Qatar right now and keeps sending her angry messages about how she is 'spoiled'. He's accusing her of trying to ‘rob their children of enjoying the holidays’, and also is shaming her for punishing him for ‘using his own money’.

What do you think? Is the husband entirely justified to leave as much money as he wants left over for Christmas, considering he makes the money and should be able to spend it however he wants? Or is he absolutely delusional to think that this is how a responsible father should act, and not only is he actively neglecting his family but he is also emotionally and financially manipulating his wife?

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