A Very Dapper Thanksgiving | Wife Life
A little birdie told me that you guys want to see more Wife Life! (It was the Readership Survey.) So without further ado, I’ll hand you off to Ari to chat about Thanksgiving and tell you all about this adorable Dapper outfit.
Hi Stile.Foto.Cibo readers! Glad you’re enjoying my snarky writing and queer af style! So I’m back with another Wife Life, this time talking about our family Thanksgiving traditions.
Thanksgiving at the Levine-Moore’s
A lot of LGTBQ people have strained relationships with their families, especially during the holidays. While we’re mostly lucky in the family department (one set of grandparents being the exception, though that’s a topic for another time) we have the lovely addition of being (mostly) vegetarians and having food allergies.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned on here before but I’m severely allergic to milk and eggs and Dannie and I both keep mostly vegetatrian. With my allergies, that makes me basically a vegan, though if the option is eat meat or go hungry, I eat the meat. All this makes Thanksgiving… complicated. When I was a kid, I had my own mashed potatoes made with rice milk and vegan margarine and ate turkey, cranberries, and my potatoes for Thanksgiving while my family ate the full fare, stuffing, pie, etc. Not the most fun, let me tell you.
A Tradition in the Making
In 2011, I had my first apartment at college in Indiana, I was eating mostly vegetarian, my little sibling was eating 100% vegetarian, and my dad was pescatarian (only eats fish, no white or red meat). So I invited my parents and sibling to my place for Thanksgiving and made a nice salmon and all the side dishes and desserts vegan. We had a grand old time, my terribly cut bangs not-withstanding.
The next year, my sibling Dima and I had moved into an apartment in Chicago together. We hosted Thanksgiving again, this time entirely vegetarian and vegan. And thus, a tradition was born. Dannie entered the picture the next year and happily jumped into hostess-mode each Thanksgiving (the girl loves hosting). We’ve been throwing vegan Thanksgivings ever since, with only one exception where my parents hosted (though we did most of the baking still) so we could go to Chicago TARDIS out in the suburbs on Black Friday. We’re nerds, okay? This isn’t a surprise.
As I write this, I’m coordinating with my mom on the Thanksgiving menu. We’re figuring out what needs to get picked up this weekend. We are very much looking forward to our little vegan Thanksgiving (we’re having lentil shepherd’s pie this year!). Plus I’m breaking into the dapper style I’ve always loved with these Old Navy staples. A men’s button down, women’s jeans, and a tie. Full shop links at the end!
We want to hear all about your plans! Leave a comment with your own family traditions and enjoy my dapper little Thanksgiving outfit.
A Note to our Queer Fam
And remember, if you’re having trouble with going “home” for the holidays to see relatives who don’t accept you as you are, know that we are here and love each and every one of you just as you are. Sometimes, family is what you make, not what you were born into. Dannie and I will be your family if you need someone this holiday season. <3
PS Seriously, if you’re in Chicago and have no where to go for Thanksgiving, email firstname.lastname@example.org