It’s hard enough being an environmentalist, animal rights advocate, vegan, vegetarian, or any other “woke” individual in a society that feeds off of capitalism and a fear of change. It doesn’t help that a few times out of the year there are awkward dinners with cousins, uncles and great aunts who question your sanity and try shoving their opinions onto you.

Here are five things that your vegan or vegetarian family and friends hear at every gathering and don’t want to hear this year.

1.    Vintage Costumes
Thrift shops, yard sales, and consignment stores are the perfect places to create a costume. Raiding your closet is also an option. This is the ultimate holiday to get your creative juices flowing. If you do have to turn to retail stores to make your costume, buying a few accessories (fangs, wings, etc.) is way more sustainable than purchasing an entirely new outfit.