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The Ho Ho Holidays are upon us, and we pretty much couldn’t be happier. This time of year, there’s no reason to not eat cookies, snuggle up with your sweetie, and indulge in a mug of piping hot cocoa topped with soy whipped cream by a crackling fire. What’s that? You say you can’t lounge around like that all day because you have 37 relatives coming for dinner and can’t just re-heat last night’s Chinese takeout for them? Never fear, the VegNews + VegWeb guide to the holidays is here. From Savory Gravy to Gingerbread Cookies, we have all the recipes you need—plus a few tips for sprucing up your home and loads of veg gift-giving ideas—right here. With this how-to, you’ll be snuggling fireside in no time, or at least as soon as your guests leave. Happy holidays!

So there are only about 48 billion possible holiday recipes to try this year, right? In case you’re just a tad overwhelmed and not sure where to start, here’s a list of tried-and-true winners that we’d serve to our own families. Or people we had holiday crushes on and were trying to impress. Whomever you’re cooking for, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list.

The feast:
Seitan Holiday Roast
Shepherd's Pie
Hanukkah Latkes
Savory Gravy
Peruvian Peanut Potato Soup
Roasted Oyster Mushroom & Sausage Stuffing
Sweet Potato Sauté with Pecans & Cranberries
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Orange Bread
Chestnut Paté

Hello, dessert!:
Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate-Hazelnut Ganache
Sweet Potato Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Caramel Sauce
Amazing Pecan Pie
Raw Holiday Nog
Vegan Irish Coffee
Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider

Need more recipes? VegNews and VegWeb have more than 15,000 vegan recipes at the ready. Get cookin'!

Need a little fodder for fireside chatting with relatives? Maybe you constantly get grilled on why you don’t have a plastic tree, or which kinds of candles are cruelty- free. You need to be in the know about the ins and outs of vegan holidays, from the cutest chocolates to the most eco-friendly gifts. Here are a few talking points for your next December deposition.

Buy Nothing Day click here
Vegan Holiday Baking Online Chat 12/14 @ 6pm click here
What's on Your Christmas Menu? click here
DIY Holiday Party click here Holiday Gift Guide click here
Seasonal Vegan Snacks + Treats click here
Vegan Cookbook Lab (rate your favorites!) click here
Guide to Soy Candles click here
Product Review: Dairy-Free Whipped Cream click here
Product Review: Pumpkin Spice Soymilk click here
Product Review: Peanut Butter-filled Snowmen click here
Christmas Tree Tips click here

Short on time yet need to bust out a five-star feast? VegNews and VegWeb staffers have scoured the web for restaurants and bakeries to do the cooking for you. Here's a few of our favorites—we've already placed our orders!

LA: Vegan Feast @ Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant order here
COLUMBUS: Holiday Cookie Box @ Pattycake Bakery order here
NYC: Sticky Buns @ Vegan Treats order here
NATIONWIDE: Celebration Roast @ Vegan Essentials order here
NATIONWIDE: Holiday Dinner @ Whole Foods order here
NATIONWIDE: Almond Toffee @ Allison's Gourmet order here
NATIONWIDE: Stocking Stuffers @ Cosmo's order here

Brush up your culinary skills just in time to impress friends and family. Let the pros show you how it’s done, then go home and create your own masterpiece.

SAN FRANCISCO: Raw Holiday Favorites click here
OAKLAND: Holiday Fare with Colleen-Patrick Goudreau click here
LA: Hanukkah Gone Wild with Spork Foods click here
DALLAS: Holiday Cooking with Spiral Diner click here
MINNEAPOLIS: Vegan Holiday Treats with Chef Ani click here

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From all of us at VegNews and VegWeb, we wish you a very happy and veggie-food-filled holiday season. Cheers!

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