The holiday season is upon us, and that often means a time to gather with loved ones, and share food, gifts and stories. While seeing friends and family for the holidays can be a blessing, it can also be difficult for vegetarians and vegans. It can be upsetting when someone opens a new pair of leather boots, or when a ham is brought to the dinner table. In these moments, remember to live by example; a compassionate world begins with you.
When the holidays roll around, you can make a huge difference simply by offering plant-based meal options. Offer to host the meal or bring a vegan side-dish to the table. The people in your life should have a chance to experience the same wonderful food you experience every day. This may also spark conversation about the compassionate lifestyle you live. Remember, be understanding of your loved ones and don’t get graphic at the dinner table. But use the opportunity to gently explain why you believe all animals have inherent worth.
You can also show your family the worth of farm animals by making this year’s gifts symbolic through farm animal sponsorships. Through our Adopt-A-Farm-Animal Project, you can introduce your loved ones to the distinct personality of a hen, or the playful spirit of a goat.
The holidays are also a great time to reach out to strangers. Organize a leafleting, set up a table, and draft a letter to the editor. For more tips on holiday activism, check out our Holiday Survival Guide.
Above all, remember kindness is key. The individuals in our lives are caring people. We can help them live out those values in all aspects of their lives. This holiday season, inspire those around you to live compassionately.