While being vegan during the holidays isn’t much different from being vegan the rest of the year, there are some extra things to consider.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you still get to enjoy whichever holiday you celebrate during this time of the year. From setting yourself up for success to giving awesome vegan gifts, there’s no reason why you can’t also have a very happy vegan holiday.
Throw your own plant-based party!
If you know you won’t be able to make it through attending a non-vegan holiday party, you can host your own vegan holiday celebration. Not only will you have complete control of the vegan holiday meals you serve, but you also get to choose who you invite to celebrate with you.
While at first, this plan may ruffle some feathers, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you can set boundaries on what you feel comfortable with. And, you’ll probably be surprised by the number of people who still show up, because most people realize that the true value of friendship and family transcends lifestyle and other personal choices.
So, go ahead and start planning!
Go for a non-traditional celebration
If you want to host a celebration of your own, but don’t want to deal with cooking and putting together an official vegan holiday party, you can choose to host a non-traditional celebration of sorts.
Whether you opt for a holiday-themed movie night (where you serve “neutral” treats like popcorn), or a fun bonfire (where you can opt for vegan marshmallows, read no one will ever know), you can still enjoy spending time with those you love without the stress of coordinating a huge bash and without the worry over potential disputes about your decision to go vegan.
What’s more, you may end up starting a whole new family holiday tradition.
Give awesome vegan gifts
Since Christmas and many other holidays are known as the season for giving, you can find awesome vegan gifts to give to your loved ones.
Not only will they know you still care, but you’ll also be sharing a little bit about all the great things you enjoy as a vegan.
Some gift ideas include vegan bath bombs, eco-friendly supplies, such as straws and utensils, and vegan essential oils. If you’re looking for larger gift ideas, you can venture into giving gifts, such as instant pots and high-powered blenders. You can even offer to show your loved ones some of the awesome recipes they can whip up with their new appliances.
Happy celebrating to you and yours!