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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

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The Dreaded Holidays

I remember as a child looking forward to the holidays. The anticipation would mount as Thanksgiving approached, because I knew I'd be out of school and Christmas was just around the corner. Seemed like it would take forever to get there. I grew up in a military family (Air Force) and lived abroad much of my youth. I got to see first hand a few different types of Christmas celebrations. The funniest was in Spain. They celebrate the Three Kings and you place your shoes outside the front door and they are filled with gifts by the next morning. That was a hoot!

Anticipating Christmas was a ritual to me. I tried to do everything right as it got closer -- even down to leaving MILK and cookies. Little did I know I was trying to kill Ol' Saint Nick with the milk! Maybe that's why I didn't always get everything I asked for? I think I'll teach my daughter to leave rice milk and vegan cookies.

The holidays approach much faster these days. I can't understand why this is. Maybe it's the imagination factor? As a kid you are constantly conjuring up all kinds of images from what you hear and read. As an adult, you know what it really is and don't pay as much attention to them until they're practically here. Nevertheless, they are still a wonderful time of the year. It's a time for families to enjoy each other and to put aside their differences. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen!

I was looking forward to the holidays this year more so than the last few years. I was really excited to see my parents and sister and share with them my newfound lifestyle. I went out and bought all the ingredients for a wonderful turkey-free Thanksgiving. I thought I had clearly stated that I wasn't attending the usual ritual of carving up the dead bird this year, but somewhere down the line the communication got distorted. As I was about to begin cooking up the vegan celebration, I got a call from my mother. She was inquiring what time we would make our presence? I happily exclaimed that we would be there after the feeding frenzy. She got trite with me and harshly asked me where I came up with this concept. I calmly stated that I had done some research after I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and ran into the plethora of facts on why I had it. I told her that I was sorry for the miscommunication and that we would be there afterwards.

I NEVER WENT! I just couldn't bring myself to come face to face with them after such a harsh confrontation. My father was in the background laughing and ridiculing me. That really took the wind out of me! I never made the dinner, because I was too angry and hurt. I sent my wife and daughter over and took myself to a movie. Obviously my parents care more about consuming that dead bird than about my feelings!

My attitude towards the holidays has changed where it concerns my parents and my immediate family now. I hope that one day we can all get along in a harmonious way, but I am going to focus entirely on my wife and daughter when it comes to the holidays from now on. I believe by doing this I can find inner peace and I can raise my daughter in a healthy environment and have fun doing so. I will, however, try one last endeavor this Christmas. I am going to put together a vegan care basket and a few books as a gift to my parents. This way they can be introduced to my lifestyle and sample some wonderful products while getting a little education. I will state clearly that this is not to force-feed them the vegan way, but merely to give them a microscopic view of what I am about. I am also considering hosting the Christmas feast this season. This will be another way to give them a chance to see what other types of great tasting, nutritious, cruelty-free foods exist that they are unaware of. If I can pull it off, it will make the pain I felt on Thanksgiving valuable to me. I'm a great cook, so I think it will work!

Happy Holidays!

Chris P.
California

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