This Mum is planning to go to extreme lengths to have the perfect Christmas, but how far is too far?

Christmas can be a stressful time of year for any family, but especially for those that struggle to make ends meet. One Aussie mum has posted to Facebook about the difficulties of funding the perfect Christmas, asking fellow users of the platform whether it would be wrong to eat the family pets for Christmas dinner reports.

What To Tell The Kids

Sophie and her family live on a five acre property and have a number of animals that they consider pets, but after a tough year financially, they feel they’ve been left with little option.

“We live on five acres and have loads of chickens, a goat and a pet pig,” she said. “Would it be wrong to cook them for Christmas? Not the goat, just two of the chickens and the pig? I’ve maxed out my Afterpay account and our budget doesn’t permit our usual big Christmas dinner.”

The biggest problem for Sophie is what to tell her 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?” What a sad reality to be facing at what should be the happiest time of the year.

A Controversial Idea

Sophie’s post attracted a lot of attention, with comments divided about whether her proposed idea was a good one. “It’s not wrong at all, but I probably wouldn’t tell the kids,” one mum wrote. “I think you should do what you have to do if that’s your option – then take it,” another user said. It hasn’t all been messages of support, however, with many people expressing their disbelief and outrage. “I can’t believe what I just read,” one person said. “I think I’d rather have a veggie Christmas than eat my pets,” said another.

We really feel for Sophie, but have to say that in her attempts to salvage Christmas, she may actually make it a more upsetting and traumatic experience for her kids. Better to miss Christmas dinner than to lose a beloved family pet we think…

What would you do if you were in Sophie’s position? Tell us in the comments.


  • No. No. No…No . Don’t eat pets. This is horrific.


  • Isn’t it about time to realise that we do eat chicken and pork and it comes from the animals around us? I grew up learning that feeding the chicken and duck was for our Christmas repast – maybe we have to go back to the good old days.


  • I think I’d look at different options for Christmas. A cold lunch or something different. I can’t imagine being in her position, but I’d be happy to buy her a ham or BBQ chickens.


  • It is her choice I guess.


  • Why does it have to be the perfect Christmas? Just make it one to enjoy. Depending on the children’s ages, why not explain to them that you don’t have the money to buy pork or chicken and give them the choice of what to have for Christmas. If you are inviting friends around for Christmas you could tell them the situation and they may offer alternatives.


  • It all depends on the children’s ages, if there to young to realise I wouldnt worry to much, otherwise it might be time to teach them, where food comes from.


  • I guess it depends on the age of the kids. If they are still quite young, I wouldn’t tell them its their pets, but still cook what is needed. But if they are old enough, you can explain it. Aside from that though, why does she need to ha e such a huge feast? How many people is she feeding? If she is feeding other visiting family, maybe just ask them to bring food with them. No need to kill 3 animals for no good reason


  • I probably wouldn’t eat them if they are ‘pets’ but if they have been purchased for the purpose of eating who cares. I ate plenty of ‘pets’ growing up on a farm. But unless the family can kill and dress the animals themselves it’s probably going to be cheaper to get some cheap sliced ham and a couple of roasted chickens from the supermarket


  • When my older children were young we did kill a duck that was annoying the children plus not being very friendly in the chook yard. We had money problems that year due to no work around. We had one present each for the children and the duck was not really missed as it was safer for my sons to feed the ducks and chickens. The amount of meat stated in the article seems a lot of meat.


  • Why wouldn’t you just eat what you would eat any other day but just decorate the table or wear Christmas hats or something. Kids don’t care.


  • Not all sheep, chickens etc are treated as simply farm animals on a farm. I know a lady who had a pet lamb. It kept her company while she did various things outside. The guys were sometimes out in the paddocks from dawn until dark – even later if they were using the lights on farming equipment. Sometimes she wouldn’t wake up early enough in the morning or stay awake too late at night (she was elderly). The guys were younger and she might not see them for a few days. Isolation is not ideal and the lamb occupied her and helped to keep her mind active. A couple of the chickens were tame and would eat out of her hand.


  • unless you were butchering them yourself it will still work out expensive. Stick to what you can afford, surely you were planning on eating a regular meal if that day wasn’t Christmas. Too many people fall into the after/zip pay trap not to mention credit cards


  • I would have thought that the chickens would have been eaten on a farm many times before?


  • Nothing new with her idea. Think this has been done on many farms in history.

    • She could chose to serve a vegetarian dish for Xmas, no meat needed ;)


  • Veggies…. I really don’t think the kids are that fussed about a particular meat for christmas dinner. Plus these animals are not pets, they are useful farm animals. Shame to kill them just because you feel you have to put meat on the table. And they don’t even cost in terms of feed like normal pets because they just scavenge.. at least chickens can so long as you have some grass/scrub, with worms and insects. Think goats are also cheap to feed too. so wouldn’t save much in terms of feed. Just a waste to kill them.


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