Like most holidays, Christmas has food-centered celebrations and is a time for family gatherings where traditionally people light Christmas trees, hang wreaths and stockings, sing carols, and exchange gifts. It’s also the season of goodwill and peace on earth. By extending peace to all animals on this earth, everyone can celebrate Christmas with a compassionate meal. By emphasizing wonderful fall vegetables that are abundant this time of year, it’s easy to share a delicious vegan meal.

“And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.”

(Genesis 1:29-30)

Food and the Narrow Path: A Vegan Perspective on Celebrating Christmas

by Vince Tucker, VLCE, MVE

For Yourself

Kicking the meat habit will reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases that disable then kill 1.3 million Americans annually.

For Your Children

Kicking the meat habit will help preserve topsoil, water, and all other food production resources that are vital for the future of your children and their children.

For The Animals

Kicking the meat habit saves thousands of turkeys, pigs, chickens, cows and other innocent, sentient animals from the severe confinement of factory farms and the horrors of slaughterhouses.

For The Planet

Kicking the meat habit will help preserve forests, wetlands, and other wildlife habitats and reduce pollution of waterways by animal waste and cropland runoff.

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to share a compassionate meal with friends and family, but also with other vegans looking for a cruelty-free celebration.