"Please no judgement": Why this mum's Christmas dinner dilemma has people divided.


It’s officially 21 days till Christmas and while most of us are eagerly doing our Christmas shopping and prepping festivities for the big day, this isn’t the case for everyone.

A mum, Sophie, has posted a controversial dilemma in a Facebook group and asked members whether her family should cook some of their own pets for Christmas dinner.

“Apologies in advance if this is a sensitive topic,” she wrote.

“We have had a rough year financially, I’ve maxed out my Afterpay account and our budget doesn’t permit our usual big Christmas dinner.

“We live on five acres and have loads of chickens, a goat, and a pet pig baby. Would [it] be wrong to cook them for Christmas? Not the goat, just two of the chickens and the pig?

Sophie also asked whether she should consider telling the children.

“Should we avoid telling the kids and replace them when we are more financially stable, or be honest and use this as a learning opportunity to teach them about finance and the food chain?” she wrote.

“Thank you and please no judgement.”

Mum asks whether she can serve their farm pets for Christmas dinner
Image: Facebook.

While the responses were varied in the comments, most believed there was nothing wrong with the family eating their farm animals for Christmas. However, their opinions differed when it came to whether she should tell their children.

Some said that since her kids lived up on a farm, they were probably already aware of the origins of their food.

“Kids who grow up on property tend to know about the circle of life and where their breakfast bacon comes from so you’re probably safe,” read one comment.

“Tell the kids, it’s part of life,” wrote another.

“We knew as kids that the lambs we ate used to be the ones we fed and played with at our uncle’s farm.”

While others advised Sophie to keep her plans hidden from the children.

“My nana killed and cooked my mum’s pet pig and she is still upset about it at 63 years old," one wrote.


“I feel like it would be too sad and not fair to tell the kids,” wrote another.

Others respondents weren't as on board with Sophie's plan.

“Are they pets with names the children are attached too? If so, I wouldn’t cook them,” wrote one comment.

“I think I’d rather have a veggie Christmas than eat my pets,” shared another.

“I’d never eat a pet. How cruel to the kids losing a member of the family for one meal,” left someone else.

One even offered to help financially contribute personally.

“Please message me. I’d rather give you $20 to help buy some meat than for you to have to eat your pets,” they wrote.

How to teach your children the value of a buck with three jam jars. It's all you need.

Video by MMC

According to research from the Salvation Army in 2017, 1.6 million parents struggled to buy presents at Christmas, which was an exponential one million increase from 2016 figures.

As reported by the ABC, the international charity cited the increasing cost of living as the main reason for experiencing hardship during the festive season, with an additional 10 million people stating that Christmas was "becoming harder to afford".


Can you relate to Sophie's scenario? What would you do in her situation. Tell us in a comment below.


We have FIVE $100 gift vouchers up for grabs. Take our survey now for your chance to win.