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

Raising Vegetarian Children

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Holidays

As a child growing up, the holidays were always about turkey and presents, getting pinched on the cheek, and having relatives over. My family usually hosted a big meal that centered around either a turkey or ham with all the usual fixings. We would stuff ourselves silly, then sit around sleepily, loosening our belts.

About four years ago, when I first went vegetarian (and later vegan), my mother despaired of ever spending a family holiday together again. "If it were up to you, there wouldn't be any holidays," she told me once, meaning that my festivities must somehow be diminished for lack of bird or pork. She overlooked the fact that I hadn't eaten any Thanksgiving meals with them since I had gotten married years earlier. What my husband and I had done every year was to invite some family and friends over for dinner, followed by a trip to visit my parents. That way, we got to spend the holiday with everyone.

Since that first Thanksgiving, every year our festivities have grown. We have gradually invited more people. While our dishes have become increasingly creative and ambitious, the time involved in preparing the meal doesn't seem like such a chore. We have greater energy afterwards to enjoy the time we spend with our family and friends. After all, isn't that what the holidays are all about?

Cathy R.
Florida

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