So, I went vegan just about a month ago and everything's been great here at home but, I dreaded the visit to the relative's various homes for the holidays because some of them are the kind that think anyone who doesn't eat like a "typical american" is crazy. I called a few days or weeks ahead to let them know what was up and that I didn't want them to change anything, just maybe set some potatoes aside before adding butter or something. I would manage the rest. Everyone seemed really cool with it which really surprised me. I was expecting a backlash. The worst I expected was from my MIL. She's the one that thinks this eating style is crazy. Of course, she's also one of those people that thinks that cows would burst if we didn't milk them...won't even go there. She's not one to be convinced otherwise either so, I just let it go. Despite my fears, she was amazingly supportive! I even overheard her making sure that my SIL put aside some tomatoes for me. I was worried the most about my MIL starting in on me about it but, she never said anything so I think we've agreed to disagree. At dinner it was really cute when my SIL put down some mashed potatoes and said "These have dairy in them." She was totally serious and it was really cute : ) Anywho, everything went great and I'm feeling really strong in my veganism now. It's nice to have support. Happy holidays!