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Mum of two Mandie Holgate had a shock when she looked at her bank statement in January 2018.

After buying presents and food and for her extended family, she entered the new year broke. So the 46-year-old from Essex decided that next year she would charge.
"I realized - especially as the kids in the family were getting bigger - that I was spending an absolute fortune on Christmas Day," Mandie told The Sun. It all adds up and you wouldn't get free food in a restaurant." 
Chrismas day, she worked out, had cost her £700 - as she catered for more than a dozen people.
"Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, I love hosting and I love my family," she said.
"But it is so expensive. In total I've worked out it costs more than £700 to buy lunch for 16 people... I'm not made of money." Mandie admitted that part of the problem was how much she chose to spend to put on a "big show" 
"When I told my colleagues about it they laughed but then admitted it sounded amazing - way better than their Christmas Days," she said. And, despite the cost, she insists she's offering good value. 
"One person - I won't say who - disputed how much everything cost so I actually created an Excel spreadsheet outlining my expenditure," Mandie said.
"When I showed them, they were stunned. And gladly handed over the £40. Because it emerged that actually, I was undercharging people. 
She also doesn't make her children pay for themselves, covering the cost for her son Harry, 18, and daughter Sophie, 15 - oh, and Harry's girlfriend too.

"I know some people think it is bonkers how much I spend on just one day, and I know other people will kick up an absolute fuss that I'm charging my family," Mandie said.

What you get for your £40
On arrival: Fresh pastries, salmon and olives
Drinks: Coffee, Bucks Fizz, fizz, beer, selection of cocktails
Main: Organic turkey from a local butcher, bread sauce, pigs in blankets, sprouts - "the lot".
Extras: Crackers, party hats and more
Desert: Aged, home-made Christmas pudding, from nan's old recipe

Who Mandie's cooking for:
Herself
Husband Andy
Her mum
Her dad
Daughter Sophie
Son Harry
Harry's Girlfriend
Brother Andy
Andy's Partner
x2 Andy's sons, both 11 (half price for him)
Sister Melanie
Melanie's partner
x2 Melanie's children

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