Jingle hells: How to cope with 2019’s Grinches


Jingle hells: How to cope with 2019’s Grinches

A simple guide on what to do when your festivities are invaded by a vegan, or a non-binary, or an eco-warrior

Michael Hogan

“Hold your tongue and tolerate the turkey.” This is the tip that’s been issued to vegans this Christmas. Whether they’ll follow the sage (and onion) advice remains to be seen. After all, those who stick to a plant-based diet aren’t exactly known for being shy about mentioning it. Usually within 30 seconds of meeting them.

Activist Kate Fowler, from the Veganuary campaign and a vegan herself for more than 25 years (yes, that’s a lot of lentils), has written a guide on how to navigate Christmas. We’d say it was a meaty read, but let’s call it hardcore Quorn-ography.

Advice includes stopping lecturing friends and family for the festive period, not hurting feelings by rejecting nonvegan presents (“A whole Serrano ham? Just what I’ve always wanted!”) and stepping away from the dinner table while the turkey is being carved “to avoid emotional distress”...

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