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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!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"> Yay! Good news! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 

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Yeah, sometimes our families can be really supportive when we least expect it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Awesome! It's great to have a family to respects your views on things.<br><br>
You know what I ended up having for Christmas dinner since my family did not support my views? A plate of raw baby spinach and an apple.<br><br>
At least <i>you</i> got to eat.
 

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That's great. You have know no idea of how lucky you are. I am jealous. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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what a great family!<br><br>
Sending them a deserving Thank You card would be a great way to let them know how their actions are rare and that they all showed what is really important - FAMILY. To care about you and your choices and respect them - PRICELESS.<br><br><br><br>
You are very lucky <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That's pretty good! And with the sister-in-law actually telling you about the dairy. Every vegan has a story where someone didn't bother..<br><br><br><br>
This family is one in a hundred - keep 'em!
 

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Thats great to hear! I met my bfs parents for the first time this Christmas. They were wonderfully considerate, as well! His mom even made me special veg tamales in a seperate pot away from the porky ones. On top of that, she used 'meat-free' utensils to share veggies with me, prepared a vegetarian lunch for everyone, and got me a veggie cookbook for Christmas. Now I know where her son gets his sweetness from <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> ... If that wasn't enough, when all the parents got together my bf and dad went on about how awesome my (vegan) Thanksgiving dinner had been.<br><br><br><br>
I'm glad you had a positive holiday experience. Whoot for supportive familes!
 

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I just mentioned in another thread how my Nana (who I'd been too scared to tell I was veg) figured it out on her own and got me a vegetarian cookbook for christmas and yesterday turned up at my house with some specifically vegetarian food for my freezer. Isn't it great when you're pleasantly surprised by people that you don't expect much from.
 
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