This will be my first Christmas as a vegetarian. The questions I'm facing most seem to be "how will you cope, what will you eat?", folk seem genuinely worried that I'm about to starve or not enjoy myself this year (which is very considerate of them of course).
Well let's looks at what I used to eat.....a big plate of veggies and stuffing with a little portion of chicken with lots of lovely gravy. I have not eaten turkey for the last thirty or so years after seeing the way they were reared and slaughtered en masse for Christmas, once I'd seen this, turkey was banned from my house, my children and my husbands all understood and switched to chicken........thank you. At the time of this programme chickens were not quite treated as badly.....now they are and now I don't eat them!!
Now take a look at the plate and see what I won't eat....just the chicken, all the rest (with a modification on the gravy) is still the same.
I have bought one of these just to try it, but it's not an essential part of the meal, I thought I'd give it a go though, if it's tasty I can have it sliced on sandwiches too.
I can still eat chocolates, most are veggie friendly. I don't like marshmallow things so that's not a problem. I looooove liquorice which is fine.
I can still drink this.......there are lots of veggie friendly wines around. I'm not being too rigid at the moment, as some I've already got will still be drunk.
Cider is fine.....thank goodness.....hic hic :-)
My gift to myself this year is time......we have no large animals to look after due to circumstances this year and our imminent move, so we will have all Lovely Hubby's Christmas holidays from work (over two weeks) to have lie ins, to potter, to make plans for next year, to visit family, to relax....to just be, now THAT is my kind of Christmas
......and I don't have to murder a big bl**dy ugly bird to enjoy it!!