Friendsgiving officially became a “thing” on November 26, 2009 (according to the Urban Dictionary).
Scoffed at by older generations, the origins behind this growing annual event make sense. Here’s 3 to start:
1. Extra Feast
Any reason to gather around food is a good one. Traditionally celebrated on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, it means at least back-to-back feasts before the weekend’s leftovers binge. Food is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Potlucks means more people, more choices and more food. We live in a society that lauds gluttons and this just adds to the once a year madness. On top of that Instagram worthy shots are taken and shared with friends alike. Hard to not support it.
2. The New Definition Of Family
Thanksgiving does include foods we love, but it can also invite relatives we don’t. Besides some people who are forced to work on Thanksgiving, holidays can bring family conflict and uncomfortable encounters to a home. Friendsgiving is the alternative to extended family gathering by replacing it with people you actually want to be around. In defense, Friendsgiving isn’t meant to take the place of Thanksgiving, rather add a new event for those who may not have family close by, can’t make it home in time or just plain love events. The reality is nuclear families are disappearing so Friendsgiving is an adaptation to the changing times.
3. Lifestyle Fit
Millennials are getting married and having kids later in life. That means Friendsgiving is a more “adult” gathering than most. Insert alcohol and rowdiness to enhance pleasure, not numb it and problem solved. Millennials do live at home longer, so it’s not an escape from family rather a social feasting of sorts. Young professionals can and should take credit for creating this festivity. Plus since it appears on social media clearly it exists.
All jokes aside there’s definitely a method to the madness. Friendsgiving is about friends and food. Two of anyone’s favorite past times rolled into one annual event. Let’s give thanks.