Woman Refuses to Host Christmas Dinner for 15 People

Gillian Sisley

Should a person ever be forced to host others they haven’t invited?

With Thanksgiving now behind us, and Christmas less than a month away, it's safe to say that we are knee-deep in the holiday season. While this may be an exciting prospect to some, it may be a dismal prospect to others.

A lot of conflicts can arise during the holiday season, especially when it comes to family. Whether it's a difference in values, or a difference in expectations of what the holiday season should look like, there are a lot of people who dread having to navigate the family politics that come along with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a woman downright refuses to host Christmas dinner for 15 people, after her in-laws invite others to her home without her consent.

Should a person ever be forced to host others they haven’t invited?

A Mumsnet post reported on by Soo Kim from Newsweek has gone viral with over 140 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that it's a tradition that she hosts her sister and her sister's kids, as well as her own mother, for Christmas dinner.

With that said, the invite is always extended to her in-laws as well, meaning her mother and father-in-law, who will sometimes accept the invite. For the most part, they will generally do their own thing.

However, this time the author's parents-in-law have accepted the invite, but they are also demanding that the author host her sister-in-law too, as well as the sister-in-law's family. The author was not pleased with this demand.

How many people are too many for Christmas dinner?

The author clarifies that to host her own family, as well as her parents-in-law and her sister-in-law's family, would mean putting together a massive Christmas dinner for a total of 15 people.

She just feels that this is ‘too many people’, and that she won't be able to enjoy the holidays if she is hosting that many individuals. She also adds that cooking for this group will involve navigating two different 'dietary requirements', and that her in-laws are ‘not the type to pitch in’ and help.

What do you think? Is the author entirely within her right to refuse to host 15 people for Christmas dinner? Or should she be open to having all of her family around, especially because she already invited her parents-in-laws, so it's only fair to have the sister-in-law and her family as well?

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