A Christmas Day frozen meal deal being sold by Iceland for £22 has left shoppers divided.
The festive two-course feast can feed around six and includes a £10 boneless turkey breast joint, pigs in blankets, parsnips, roast potatoes, stuffing balls, sprouts, as well as an Irish cream gateau.
However, while some say it is perfect for struggling families – or those on a tight budget – a number of social media ‘snobs’ have branded it ‘lazy’.
One mum said she was repulsed at the thought of serving her family food from frozen on Christmas Day rather than using fresh ingredients.
The debate was sparked by savvy shopper Robyn Greenfield who took to the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group to share the "fab deal" with others.
However she was forced to edit her post when people began leaving negative comments.
One wrote: "Yuk it’s all frozen."
Robyn replied: "For all those being judgemental about frozen food scroll past…why people got to be so rude!!
"It’s Christmas and some families can’t afford a lot. I personally cook all fresh food on Christmas. But for some families this may be a bargain to feed six people.
"Did no one ever teach some of you if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all simple! Yes it’s frozen food for Christmas get over it haha."
The post has since had 4,800 reactions and more than 1,600 comments.
Many have hit out at those who described the meal deal as ‘lazy.’
One said: "I’m a single mother to five so this will be fantastic as it gives me more time on Christmas day with them rather than in the kitchen.
"More games time, less cooking stress, happy children and happy mummy, win win I say.
"And for all those saying it’s for lazy people yes it’s easier and quicker but I’d rather spend Christmas with my kids rather than 4+ hours in kitchen."
Another added: "Just showed hubby and that’s our dinner sorted. I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.
"I want to enjoy Christmas with everyone else, it’s just a roast dinner and we will have fresh veg with it."
A third said: "Absolutely nothing wrong with frozen! If you like it, you like it. Or like a lot of you say it’s a good cheaper alternative and some people’s only option! Christmas is so expensive for no reason, why break the bank for one day?
"I know how much as a mum people worry about giving their kids a great day, lots of people out there do."
Meanwhile as we previously reported, Iceland is once again bringing back their 10% discount for all emergency services personnel.
Anyone working for the NHS, Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, HM Coastguard and RNLI who has a valid ID or Blue Light discount card will be eligible for the discount in stores from November 26 to December 16.
Blue Light discount cardholders will also be able to get £4 off when spending £40 online at Iceland.com for the duration of the offer.
Speaking about the goodwill gesture, Sir Malcolm Walker, Iceland’s Founder, said: “We’ve brought our emergency services discount back for Christmas as we felt it was the perfect time to show our appreciation for all the hard work and dedication of those working in the emergency services throughout the year.
“I realise that many of them will be working to keep us all safe and well on Christmas Day itself, I hope that they will all have the opportunity to relax and celebrate at some time before the end of the year – and that our discount will help them to enjoy this special time with their loved ones.”
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