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  • Day 25: Who Invited the Vegan?
  • Daily Nugget: “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” – Joan Didion

    Heading to a party? You won’t hear any complaints if you bring your own dessert! Photo credit Joni Newman, Just The Food, PB & J Thumbprints

    When you sit down to your next dinner party, how much will your life have changed? Worried about the reaction from others? Fret not, my dear.

    Today, think about what it will be like the next time you are invited to a non-vegan dinner party. Or even to your mother-in-law’s for Sunday dinner. If you think the host will be wildly insulted if you don’t try their dish, call and give a heads up. It’s always easier to let them get used to the idea ahead of time, rather than in front of other guests.

    Are you dining at the home of someone who loves to try new recipes? How about suggesting a vegan side dish or even main course? You’d be amazing how many open-minded friends we all have if we just give them the chance.

    Now picture the holiday scenario: how will you feel when a dead turkey is plopped on the Thanksgiving-Day table? Squeamish? Me too! The first year, I just dealt with it. The next year, I just couldn’t stand looking at it. Maybe you’ll ask your family to keep the dead bird in the kitchen, allowing everyone to fill their plates before sitting down. Maybe you give them a copy of Vegucated and ask them to watch it as one of your holiday wishes so they understand your perspective better and consider foregoing the turkey this year. Or maybe you’ll make alternate plans. Whatever the case, put a little thought into it before the holidays are upon us. At the same time, don’t dwell on it too much. If your concern about one meal on one holiday gets your panties in such a twist that it starts to interfere with your joy being vegan today, let it go and take it one day at a time.

    Related Reading: Untraditional Traditional Holiday Treats, Vegan Easter/Passover Recipe Roundup