I'm not going to lie to you, Thanksgiving is tough when you are the only vegan in your family and you go to sit around a dead bird and talk gratitude. Aside from the food issue, you generally end up around a big table and everyone asks each other questions about their lives that they would rather not discuss (obviously, my family is crazy in a non-Hallmark way, so I'm basing this on movies and my friends' horror stories of questions about when they are getting married, why they haven't been promoted, and what classes they are taking this semester). In my family, this hasn't been as traumatic, but there's still time.
What I've generally done is celebrated Friendsgiving or attended/hosted a vegan potluck for Thanksgiving for many years, and now I host with just a few family members. I like to cook, so I like the challenge of doing the whole meal. I also keep a vegan home, so hosting means I don't have to explain or argue about dead animals, they just aren't there.
I realize that's super lucky, though, so here's my advice for surviving Thanksgiving as a vegan:
What will I eat?
We can pretend this holiday is about anything more than food, but let's skip that for now (I don't need to tell you how to express gratitude, celebrate family, mourn some really terrible history of race relations between Native people and colonizers, etc.), so let's skip to the food part.
If you are going to dinner at a non-vegan's house:
I wrote a children's book, How Our Vegan Family Celebrates, to help vegans and vegan allies know how to include vegans in their celebrations and give affirmation to vegan kids who may feel alone. The book goes through holidays throughout the year and has a section at the back with parent tips!
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