Nan makes family pay for Christmas dinner – including three-year-old grandkids

A cash-conscious Grandma charges her family for their Christmas dinner every year – and even the three-year-olds have to cough up £2.50 each.

Caroline Duddridge, a 63-year-old mum-of-five and nan-of-six, insists that all her children (aged from 24 to 37) and grandkids pay the money via a bank transfer.

And if the dosh isn't in her bank account by December 1 – she starts checking in November – then their invite gets withdrawn, she told The Sun.

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This year, with costs higher than ever, Caroline will charge her two sons £15, her three daughters £10, her four grandchildren over five years old £5 and the grandkids under five £2.50.

The women are charged less because they work part-time and have families, while partners are charged similar amounts.

Former teaching assistant Caroline introduced the now annual tradition in 2016 – the year after her husband had died and her expendable income halved, as she adjusted to living off a widow's pension of £1,000 a month.

"Like many mums and grans who always make Christmas dinner, I couldn't bear the cost of buying all the gifts and paying for the entire meal," she explained. "I was worried I’d spend the New Year paying it all off again."

She initially tried a weekly kitty jar system but, when that became difficult to police, she called a family meeting.

There, she announced that she was now introducing a set menu price for each family member.

"I don’t allow late payments and the kids know it," she said. "Some complain about their bills and other costs, but I simply tell them they’ll get uninvited.

"Everyone pays up. I know many people will criticise charging for the Christmas meal, but I’m not bothered.

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"It’s not money grabbing, it just makes budgeting sense and spreads the cost fairly between everyone at the table. Expecting one person to pay for the entire meal and prepare it, clean up, have their heating and electricity used is too much.

"The amount I charge for dinner includes electricity. It's a no brainer for me… it’s the only way to go.

"If I had my way, we’d only have Christmas twice a decade. I love Christmas but all the expense and drama surrounding it is exhausting. My plan ensures no one faces post-Christmas money problems."

Every family member has their say in what should be included on the menu, which always features wine, soft drinks, dinner, pudding, cheese and nuts.

They all then sit together to watch what has been until this year the Queen's Speech and this year will be the King's Speech following the long-serving monarch's death in September.


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