HOW TO SURVIVE AS VEGAN ON CHRISTMAS?
Posted on November 16 2018
Ah Christmas! A time of joy, happiness, companionship and laughter. Or a time of arguments, tension and not being able to exit a room fast enough? That pre-Christmas worry is something that all vegans understand and sympathise with, so I’ve put together a few tips to get you through the big day, and hopefully make the lead-up to it less stressful as well.
1. Bring a dish or several dishes that everyone can share
This way you’re less likely to alienate yourself and can actually get people talking about how tasty plant-based food is!
2. Focus on the non-food related aspects of Christmas
The cheer, spending time with family, care, gratitude, activities and games etc.
3. Consider a separate vegan Christmas pot luck
If the food situation is utterly depressing on Christmas Day, try having a vegan potluck with like-minded friends on the days leading up to or just after Christmas. That way you’re not missing out!
4. If veganism comes up in conversation, spark interest as a positivist
This means focusing on the health and environmental benefits of eating more plant foods. Trust me your family members will zone out on topics they don’t want to hear. Pick your battles.
5. Get creative, show how vegan is easy!
Every Christmas dish, or food for that matter, can be “veganised”. Get creative and explain to your family how you can easily substitute eggs in a normal Christmas pudding with flax eggs to make it vegan. Likewise how to swap gelatine in jelly for agar or rum cream for rum coconut cream! Explain or show how you can keep the same recipes but easily tweak a couple of ingredients to peak interest and show that it’s basically the same food…minus the cruelty-free.