Having a vegan Christmas is possible. It sounds strange, we know, but there are many ways in which you can celebrate Christmas without worrying about whether the food, drink or presents around you are 100% vegan. A vegan Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive, hard or time-consuming; with veganism growing in popularity so much in the modern world, accommodating the vegan lifestyle all year round has never been easier. Have a look at some of our top tips for having your very own vegan Christmas.
Being vegan doesn’t mean that you should miss out on any festive treats or food traditions, it should be taken as a window of opportunity to find new and exciting ways to change up the traditional Christmas dinner. Finding vegan alternatives to traditional favourites is a positive and accommodating way to have a vegan Christmas that suits everyone. Christmas is a great time for all things veggie based, making your meal choices a little less difficult. Finding fun ways to mix up traditional veg will not only leave your Christmas healthier but may open other people’s’ eyes to how unique vegan food can be. There are hundreds of vegan-friendly food options that are often overlooked – roast potatoes, stuffing and gravy don’t always have to contain meat or animal by-products which means having a vegan Christmas doesn’t have to be overly difficult. The same goes for meat alternatives, nut roasts and tofu-based dishes can pack as much flavour, texture and taste as a traditional turkey does.
Offering to help cook, bringing a vegan dish or even offering to host are just some of the ways that everyone can enjoy having a vegan Christmas and people will likely appreciate the effort. Use your vegan diet as an excuse to get the family to try something outside of their comfort zone and make the whole vegan Christmas an interesting one.
One thing to note when it comes to Christmas is the alcohol. Not all festive drinks are suitable for vegans, something which can end up being quite the hindrance when hosting a vegan Christmas. Alcoholic drinks and spirits often contain ingredients such as fish oils, eggs and gelatin, so steering clear of any alcoholic drinks containing animal-derived products will allow for the vegan festivities to begin. Most shops and supermarkets now specify which alcoholic drinks are suitable for vegans, making the vegan Christmas shop a whole lot easier. Some of the leading alcoholic drinks that are festive and vegan-friendly include; Moët & Chandon, Cointreau, Amaretto, Limoncello and also Bailey’s Almande Liqueur which was specifically created using vegan ingredients to suit the needs of vegans.
One aspect of a vegan Christmas that is often overlooked is the presents themselves. Whether it’s a new fluffy jumper or a beautiful bath set, there is always a possibility that it isn’t 100% vegan or cruelty-free. Before you try to panic buy suitably vegan gifts for your loved ones, taking the time to understand what goes into a vegan gift as well as what doesn’t will help you to easily identify which products will make for suitable vegan gifts. Cosmetics and toiletries are the top contenders for common presents that often aren’t vegan. Ingredients to look out for when it comes to having a vegan Christmas are any animal products and by-products. These can include beeswax, lanolin, keratin, musk, pearls, oils and fats and tallow. A quick and easy way to identify whether what you’re buying is suitable is to look out for a vegan logo or a CCIC bunny logo as this means that your product is vegan, cruelty-free and safe to use.
Another area of gift buying when it comes to having a vegan Christmas is fashion. Whether it’s a new scarf or handbag, highstreet consumables aren’t always suitable for vegans. Fur, leather, suede, wool, silk and down are not suitable for those who have decided to adopt the vegan Christmas lifestyle so it’s best to avoid any products that contain these materials. Many fashion products are also made in poor working conditions and unethical sweatshops. Swapping your high street store for one that is guided by ethics and vegan lifestyles will leave you with vegan Christmas presents that are truly unique and sustainable.
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