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I just need to rant for a moment with people who will understand.<br><br><br><br>
Thanksgiving is next week!!<br><br><br><br>
Pros:<br><br>
1. It's on my birthday!!!<br><br>
2. After years of suggesting it, my Dad <b>and</b> stepmom are both coming up for a visit. (My stepmom usually refuses to come to Minnesota unless she absolutely has to)<br><br>
3. We're not having a huge gathering! It's going to be my husband, my best friend and her husband, my dad and stepmom, and my sister!<br><br>
4. I'm running in a 5K on Thanksgiving! I'm really damn excited about it!<br><br>
5. Most of the food will be veg*n.<br><br><br><br>
Cons<br><br>
1. Notice how I said "most of the food"? Yeah. Couldn't seem to get away from the turkey thing. The good thing is that I was able to control it. The turkey is coming from a local farm, it's not a factory farmed bird, it was free range and is a breed that can actually walk around without collapsing under the weight of its giant breast. While there's going to be a dead turkey carcass in my oven (eeek!!!), I consider this a win. Especially since my dad wanted to bring a ham up from Indiana instead.<br><br><br><br>
I'm feeling like I should have stamped my little foot and said since the meal was going to be at my house, that there was going to be absolutely no turkey. It's just I got so excited about the idea that I'll actually be having Thanksgiving dinner with my dad and stepmom (something that hasn't happened since I was...17? 18? Possibly even younger than that...I honestly don't remember the last thanksgiving I had with them.) that I didn't want to do something that would possibly scare them off. Not that that's rational, I know. Intellectually, I know that they're up here to see me and my husband and what's in the meal doesn't really matter, still, it's hard to remember that when my stepmom informed me that she'll come for a visit, as long as there's "normal" thanksgiving food and it was hard to figure out if she was joking or not. I'm not sure what I dislike more: the dead turkey carcass that will soon be in my fridge, or how weirdly complicated families can be sometimes.<br><br><br><br>
Darn it. I'm totally having a vegetarian Christmas feast to make up for this.<br><br><br><br>
/grumble. Back to the happy-go-lucky MEM.
 

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I think you made the right decision although I'm sure most people will disagree. I don't think I would be able to put my vegan beliefs before family, although I understand your eeekness! at having to cook the turkey in your oven. The longer I am vegan the harder is to accept such matters. But I still think I would do it if it meant being able to spend a holiday with family that I hadn't seen in years.
 

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Although, I just thought of something... the lesser of two evils so to speak...maybe you could order a pre-cooked turkey so you wouldn't have to cook it yourself? I know some places offer that option. Yeah, that's what I would definitely do! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hmmmm....but then I don't know about the whole 'free range' thing....never mind, just ignore me. I have know idea what I'd do...I'm glad I don't have to make that decision! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But I do think it's great that you are getting to spend Thanksgiving with your dad!
 

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Thanks. Actually, I should probably point out that I'm not even the one that's going to be cooking the turkey, my husband (who is an omni) has agreed to do it, so it's not like I have to worry about that either. It'll just be in my fridge and in my oven...<br><br><br><br>
I'm almost tempted to bleach down everything in the kitchen after thanksgiving. lol
 

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I refused to purchase/store/prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving, though I offered the other guests the option to bring a prepared one one. Out of 7 omni guests (8 if you include my bf, who isn't really a guest because he lives here), the only person who cared enough to say that he might is my brother, but I doubt he will seeing as how he has a 3 hrs train ride up here and doesn't know how to cook. But if he does, it's fine, as long as I don't have to deal with it at all, and we're having so much other awesome vegetarian food I doubt that anyone will focus much, if at all, on Turkey if it's there.<br><br>
Just try your best to enjoy all your yummy vegetarian food and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
 

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I think you did the right thing (and now, people will probally get mad at me). At least you did your best to buy the happiest turkey you could, even if the whole "free range" thing is a bit not free range in the US. Have you visited the farm? Anyhow, I'll get off of the whole free-range thing, because I still think that you made the best decision, because your family is really important.<br><br><br><br>
I live with meat eaters, so I know how yucky it can be to sher equipment and space with them, but try not to think to hard on it. I am also in a culinary arts class, so ya, it's nasty to have to cook animals+animal ingrediants, though your're fortunate that your husband is willing to do that for you! Something that helps me, if it gets to much to ya, is to think of it as food that you don't eat, but don't think of it as an animal. This may seem wierd and hard to do, but I always try to put myself in the mindset of "this isn't an animal, it's just food that I don't want to eat" before going to class. On the weekends and outside of school, I can protest the meat industry all that I want (and I do!) but in class, I do what I can to get through it.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, and have an amazing thanksgiving!<br><br>
Jennifer
 

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I'm kinda curious - has anyone ever had a family member or guest actually *not* come over for a holiday meal because the meal would be vegetarian? Or do they just come over and eat what you cooked?
 
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