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Vegan Community Circle: Handling the Holidays

As vegans, we know how important veganism is to us, and how strongly we believe in what we are doing. The holidays can be some of the toughest times for vegans, when balancing relationships with family and friends and our own beliefs. 

This discussion will address issues like attending non-vegan holidays, entertaining family members, boycotting holidays altogether, and more. This is an opportunity for us to share our experiences, and give advice to one another in this often challenging time. 

* NOTE: Vegan Community Circle is intended for people who are already vegan. While most of our meetups are designed to accommodate people who are not yet vegan, VCC is instead designed to be a safe space for people who are already vegan to be able to speak freely about their experience living in a non-vegan world without the added concern of having to consider how their comments may land on non-vegan ears.

* The majority of vegan meetups are free, as is this one. However, we always appreciate donations to help diffuse the costs of our Meetup.com fees.  If you're willing to chip in a dollar or two, we'd appreciate it, though no one will ever be turned away due to inability to pay

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent opportunity to learn and share.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Kelly

    Great conversations. Thanks to all who gave me advice and thanks to Jenna for organizing this event. I hope to attend many more!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Jill F.

    Sounds like a great topic. I have struggled with handling the holidays for many years as a vegetarian and am interested in learning how vegans handle the holidays. So, was wondering if I could join or if it would be offensive since I'm not already vegan? I messaged the organizer yesterday but did not receive reply so if anyone could let me know whether or not it would be ok to attend I would appreciate it.
    Thank you,
    Jill

    1 · November 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not an organizer for this event but I'd point you to the "note" in the event description. While I wouldn't personally say you shouldn't come, more generally the problem with non-vegans attending vegan events is that many non-vegans become defensive about the topics discussed. The purpose of the Vegan Community Circle is to create a safe space for vegans to talk about personal issues and experiences. So I would think that if you're serious about being vegan but having trouble overcoming family, cultural or social pressures, then you'd likely be welcome. However, if other attendees disagree, I would defer to them and maybe try a different event.

      1 · November 9, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Hey Jill! Sorry we weren't able to reach you in time! Jeremy nailed it though- VCC is designed to be a safe space for vegans, but if you're planning on going vegan and want to hear from some pros, it would be a good learning experience. There are a ton of other Meetups that we'll do in the future, and I hope you can make one of them! Definitely come to the Turkey-Free Thanksgiving on the 24th. It's a blast!

      November 9, 2013

  • Jenna C.

    I'm really glad I got to meet all of you today and have such awesome conversations! It was really nice to get new perspectives and hear from so many of you. I would love to see/hear about your dishes after the holidays :) Thanks for coming, and I hope you were able to get some good tips.

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great conversation.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Deb A.

    Had a great time learning and meeting all of you. Even got a few laughs in! Thanks for all the tips and great info!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Kelly

    Great convo! This is a cool info graphic on vegan protein sources that could help in those annoying 'where do you get your protein?' situations we discussed:
    http://www.peta.org/features/foods-that-pack-a-protein-punch.aspx

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Maria

    Wish I could make it! Have fun everyone!

    November 9, 2013

  • Jenna C.

    Hey everyone! Just a reminder that the Vegan Community Circle is TODAY at 1:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing/meeting you all soon! :)

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! Would love to attend but I have to work.

    November 3, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Thanks for the heads up Patti- I hope you can make another event soon!

      November 3, 2013

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