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by Stephanie Terronez November 24, 2016 2 min read

This time of year can bring about so many emotions.  There is the excitement of seeing family after extended periods apart, or there can be dread of seeing family after extended periods apart ;).  There is panic that there is so much to do before _____ (fill in the blank with the end of the year, Christmas, vacation, family comes over...)  There is joy and awe and sadness and excitement...you name it.

The one we try to to focus on and wrap everything around is gratitude.  We lost our beloved Nacho two months ago, but we are so grateful to have had the time with him that we did.  He was a constant reminder of how precious every life is and to always take a moment to bask in the love that surrounds you. He demanded it.  He was tiny but he was willful and loyal and thoughtful and loving and deliberate. He was pulled from the shelter right before his time was up and we often thought about how easily the opportunity to bring him into our life could have been missed.  All the other animals languishing in shelters have that love to give.  If we can swing the majority preference to one of adopting new family members from shelters and rescues rather than buying from pet stores or breeders, think how wonderful it will be to truly have emptied those shelter cages.

It's impossible to approach the holidays as a vegan and not think about the tens of millions of animals that are killed for holiday feasts. The numbers are staggering, almost too much to process and can be mind numbing. These are animals with their own minds and personalities and emotions whose lives are brutally cut short for a momentary pleasure on someone's palate. 

What can we do?  We cans share information about the unique attributes of these wonderful animals.  We can bring a delicious vegan dish when we have the opportunity to show how easy and tasty eating cruelty-free can be.  We can encourage those who are interested in moving away from animal products and share our knowledge.  We can contribute to the animal warriors - the advocacy groups and the sanctuaries who are working on behalf of farm animals and who rescue and rehabilitate and who educate.  There are so many ways to get involved on behalf of animals. We can be their voice, we can be their advocates, we can be their protectors.

In the spirit of love and joy we will be joining friends for a post-Thanksgiving vegan potluck.  It should be a fabulous time with lots of mouth watering food and marvelous company.  We ordered a "meat" and "cheese" platter from the Herbivorous Butcher in Minnesota - we are so excited to try it!  Vegan options just get better and better. 

We have so much to be grateful for and we thank you for your support.  

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