Last week we presented some of our suggestions on how to survive Thanksgiving with grace and compassion despite some of the more gruesome rituals that surround this holiday. Now we’d like to share some of your feedback!
The winner of our recent drawing for free tickets to the California Celebration FOR the Turkeys was Josephine Noah of Albany, California, and this is what she had to say:
“I make a point of thanking and appreciating those who have hosted the gathering, and made food for me. Over the years, they've grown accepting and accommodating of my food politics, and I believe knowing a vegan and some vegetarians has made them more aware of us — that we're normal and good people, and that we have made valid and respectable commitments to our beliefs.”
When Paula Lecht of San Francisco invites loved ones to the vegan Thanksgiving at her house, she makes sure to satisfy all the senses:
“To invoke the holiday, I include the fragrant hot spiced cider with real clove and cinnamon sticks, lots of vegan wine, candles, and anything else that brings a warm, inviting glow to my home. This joy is communicated to all who share it, vegan or not. I find that those who question the choice for a vegan cuisine are too caught up in the splendid presentation to protest!”
And like so many of you, San Mateo resident Emily Beighley supports the life-saving work of Farm Sanctuary through our Adopt-A-Turkey Project:
“We ask our friends and family to ‘adopt’ Farm Sanctuary critters for us in lieu of gifts during the holiday season, and we attend [the California Celebration FOR the Turkeys] every year.”
It was wonderful to see so many thoughtful stories from “Making Hay” readers about their own Thanksgiving experiences. If only we had space to print them all!
If we’ve learned anything from Thanksgivings past, it’s that while the day is a cause for much suffering amongst our feathered friends, it can also be a significant opportunity for advocacy on their behalf. We encourage all of you to continue leading by example and let the light of your compassion show the way to a kinder future. On behalf of all of us at Farm Sanctuary, here’s wishing you a happy holiday.