Christmas can be challenging when you are a vegan, however, it’s not impossible to survive Christmas as a vegan. Here are three tips that will make help you to get through the holiday season.
Remember to Carry Snacks
The only way to survive Christmas dinner parties or events where you know you won’t find much vegan food is to bring your own vegan snacks. While you could do this in some ways, such as asking in advance for a specific meal or giving the host a list of things you could eat, carrying a small array of snacks is probably the most common method.
Plan for events where everyone is expected to chip in with the food. That way, you can bring various options and prove to your friends and family that being vegan doesn’t have to be boring. Bringing your snacks makes your Vegan Christmas experience way easier because it indirectly teaches your loved ones how to prepare a festive meal that you wouldn’t mind having.
List Some Vegan Gift Options
Create a gift-giving guide for your non-vegan folks! Make a list of everything you like and print out a worded copy. Duplicate this as much as needed — or forward it digitally to all your loved ones. Alternatively, you can list things they should not be getting you, eg. leather bags. Knowing what not to do can help people more in some cases. If you want the list to last a few years, you can turn it into an extensive gift-giving guidebook. This will save you the trouble of preparing a new list every year and maybe even allow you to help your fellow vegans.
Be Prepared to Answer Questions
When people are new to veganism, it’s especially harder for them not to bombard you with questions. In the long run, this can be exhausting (or even confusing if you’re just starting yourself). If you have questions you repeatedly get, note those down to give people a concise description rather than a long, messy explanation.
If you’re a newly transitioning vegan, you can even turn this into a mini research project and run the questions through Google. There’s no shame in learning!
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