Nova that we’ve reached November people are beginning to lay down their Christmas plans – who will host and where they’ll be tucking into dinner.
But, one mum took to Mumsnet to ask whether she was unreasonable to refuse to cook meat on the big day.
She refused outright to make any meat products for her guests on Christmas and would be making a festive nut roast instead. The mum worried that her family members would be cross with her, reports the Mirror.
Posting on the parenting site, she said: “I am thinking of hosting Christmas this year. We are a completely vegan family and have been for a number of years.
“I am an amazing cook, so am planning a nut roast but with all the usual Christmas dinner trimmings and Christmas pudding.”
She added: “The thing is, I feel the lack of meat might ruffle a few feathers, excuse the pun.
“Some members of the family are staunch meat-eaters who think we're going to die from malnutrition and make their views known at every opportunity.”
The woman added that she’s previously invited her family over to dinner but they were unhappy with what she served.
She noted: “We invited them to dinner a few years ago and they were put out that they couldn't bring their own meat.
“But I just could not stomach sitting there eating with other people eating dead animals. They might as well be eating a dead dog, it repulses me that much. I find meat absolutely disgusting. My husband is the same.”
The response from other Brits was mixed but most said to invite her family but make them aware there would be no meat.
One person said: “Invite them, explain the ground rules and don’t be offended if they decline.”
“Definitely invite them,” said another, “but don’t offer meat. I’m a meat eater but would be delighted to eat a lovingly made vegan meal and wouldn’t dream of commenting.”
And a third added: “If I were eating with vegetarians or vegans I’d not expect them to serve meat and I’d be excited to try whatever they offered me.”
However, lots of mums also said that they wouldn’t attend.
One commented: “If you invited me, I wouldn't come. There are many times when I am happy to eat vegan food. Christmas isn't one of them.”
What would you do – go and eat vegan food or stay at home and have meat? Tell us in the comments…
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