For those of us who are celebrating the birth of light, love and hope into the world, it’s also a time to think about what’s important in our lives and be thankful for the chance for change and redemption. I love Dickens' A Christmas Carol, it's such a wonderful story of transformation, and I'll definitely be reading it again this year. The world can sometimes seem so very bleak (especially at this time of year in England!), but at Christmas we celebrate light coming into the world and the hope for a better future. (My friend Lydia wrote beautifully about this in her blog a couple of years ago, have a peek.)
My (attempt!) at a vegan lifestyle is a huge part of living out my hope for more peace and compassion in the world, and I’m so excited to share this with my family this year over a completely vegan Christmas dinner (despite half the family not being veggie – I hope my grandparents will cope with the lack of turkey this year!). It’s also a time to just ‘be’ after all the rushing and stressing and striving.
So have a wonderful time this Christmas, and enjoy eating compassionately. If you’re stuck for vegan recipes, check out this lovely site I came across.
And if you're in need of some more Christmas spirit, then watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. It's a guaranteed winner! (Let's not think about the fact that Kermit the Frog is eating a turkey...it might ruin it. I choose to believe it's tofurky, and if you tell me otherwise, I'll just sing over you.)
'Let us always love each other.As always, peace and love and hope to you all, but especially at this Christmas time.
Lead us to the light.
Let us hear the voice of reason,
Singing through the night.'
'God bless us, every one.'