Hope you had a good time over the last few days. Mine made me appreciate my family a lot more. Well my mum's side anyway lol. I got some cool stuff, there really wasn't anything I wanted but had some stuff I liked like the Snuggle :3 (A UK version of the Slanket) I even had some fun with my dad's family... kinda. Got some nice presents too and saw my new baby uh, son of cousin.
Rant up ahead! Only about food, it wasn't completely ruined or anything, it's just more over the attitudes of family members who should know better and be more respectful.
My dad's side was frankly not that great. Oh it was fun and we had a laugh but then the taboo subject of me being a vegetarian seemed to leave all the goodwill out in the cold. You'd have thought that being one for 8 years they'd have gotten used to it by now, but no. I'm 'fussy' and 'will have to suffer'. Yeah like every time I come up.
So that whole side of the family basically went up to my dad's sister's over xmas. Those who were here for Christmas day had an xmas curry. All homemade, unfortunately nobody told us we were having curry, even though we told them we were coming up months ago, or else my brother would've have made a curry for me so nobody would have to worry about me. Instead my vegetarian curries were left up to one family member who've seen me more times then the rest of them and can't seem to remember or understand that I don't eat SEAFOOD!
So I get 'oh, we know vegetarians who eat fish.' I don't and I have never liked prawns. Ever. I thanked them for their efforts, because really they didn't have to go out of their way to make something for me, but I wish they actually asked me what I ate instead of assuming and also realised that when a sweet clearly says it has bovine in, I won't eat it. Uh, hello? I don't eat meat. Bovine = cow = meat. So a packet of sweets for Christmas is only thoughtful if you didn't know, (I really wasn't going to say anything about it and pretend it was great.) so pointing it out that it did have cow in but you thought it would be ok even though you know I don't eat meat, is frankly stupid and thoughtless.
I did have a curry though, since my cousin was making one too. He started it on Christmas day and phoned to see what I liked and didn't eat. Of course his main ingredients was the top two things I don't like unless a scarce few mixed with a lot of other veg and sauce. Mushrooms and peas. Joy. My dad could have told him that. Ok, so what other veg did he have? Nothing. o.O oh except some sort of nut and asparagus. It was surprisingly nice tasting even though it looked like mushy peas... kinda but not as appetisingly looking.
Of course boxing day just got </i>better</i>, with me 'having to suffer' (what my nan said to me, not me being melodramatic) because we were having turkey, beef, peas and potatoes. I didn't mind just having potatoes, it was just how it was said and that it appeared they couldn't be bothered to get anything for me or tell me I should get something for me when I phoned my dad and asked before we came up if I should bring anything, prior to the days the shops were shut. Had I not asked for a bigger one, I also would've gotten the smallest potato.
So after all that I put it down to, 'Reason remembered why I don't like going there for Christmas' Maybe it'll be another 5 years before I forget again.
So Boxing day we come home and go to my mum's mum's house, where my granddad gets out Quorn sausages and veggie burger for my meal while everyone else have leftover turky and duck. No fuss, no snide comments. Granted they only live 15 mins away and I see them more often, but they're 70 years old. So why can one set of grandparents have no problem at all while the other seems to think it's too much effort?
The best part? I told my mum and nan and granddad about all this and they were just as tempted to make up a christmas dinner for us on xmas day as I was tempted to text them and ask if they could XD
So the next day I come home from work and they're at our house, they said Merry Christmas! They made up a Christmas dinner for all of us to have and to make up for the day I had. <333 I had my vegetarian Christmas dinner and they had their meat one and everyone lived happily ever after. ~
Man if anyone reads all this, I congratulate you. <3
Listening to: Mana - Equalilibrium
Playing: Pokemon Soul Silver