Blahblahblah, yeah it’s almost the end of November, insert lament about how lightning fast this year is going here. I, for one, am welcoming the fast pace of this year and growing older and moving onto bigger and better things and making changes and all that fun stuff.
Next week is Thanksgiving, and admittedly I don’t have a whole lot planned. You see, I’ve always had a weird relationship with the Thanksgiving holiday. Growing up, my family tried to get together on either my mom’s side or my dad’s side. On the mom’s side – the food was bland and gross, and everyone was always rushing to be done with the meal so they could move on with their independent lives. On my dad’s side, every other Thanksgiving ended up in some kind of drama-fueled fight, so I dreaded those (though the food was way better). After my grandma passed away, we stopped getting together on mom’s side for holidays. And many Thanksgivings, my parents decided to just cook at home or head up to the cabin for the holiday instead so they could afford the hassle.
So nowadays, it’s hard for me to muster up the excitement around Thanksgiving. And this is compounded by the fact that since becoming vegan, I’ve become more and more uncomfortable with the idea of giving thanks for what we have, by taking away the lives of animals. The sheer amount of turkeys and pigs that are slaughtered around the holiday season is enough to give me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. All the imagery of happy turkeys, kids making turkeys out of fingerpainting and hand prints, people visiting farms around the fall without much of a consideration about the lives being lost so they can eat unnecessary foods under the guise of tradition and ‘giving thanks’. It just…doesn’t sit right with me anymore.
This year’s Thanksgiving, I picked up a Field Roast and Stuffing, and I’ll make a little shindig here at home for my husband and I. We’re also going to a big vegan outdoor potluck the weekend afterward, so we can taste and try different vegan festive foods. It will be nice to spend the time meeting and chatting with people who have the same viewpoints as we do about the culture of animal consumption around the holidays.
Other than that, we have some friends coming into town who are also vegan, so we’ll be able to do a bit of a food tour with them.
For Christmas, my parents are flying into town. As of yet, the agenda is empty. I’m thinking about taking them up to Julian to get apple pie and enjoy the quaintness of the town over the holidays. I think they’ll enjoy that, but otherwise it’s hard to find activities they want to do. Hopefully the weather will be nice, but if it’s not – it will definitely be better than Minnesota so I’m sure they’ll be happy.---------------
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