4 Reasons to Have a Friendsgiving This Year

The start of fall doesn't just mean we get to experience the satisfaction of crunching leaves underfoot and snuggling up in our favorite sweaters—it also means fall holidays are right around the corner.

One of these that always comes top of our minds is Thanksgiving, a holiday dedicated almost exclusively to consuming copious amounts of delicious food. But why have just one Thanksgiving gathering when you could have another, one specifically focused on making food with friends (rather than your intrusive aunts who won't stop interrogating you about your love life)?

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Well, guess what, you absolutely can if you want to! The concept of having a "Friendsgiving" has risen in popularity in recent years, and it isn't hard to imagine why. So without further ado, here are a few reasons why you should have (or at least attend) a Friendsgiving of your own this year:

1. Because We Missed Out On So Much Last Year

Last year's holiday season was disappointing, to say the least. We spent most of the year being isolated from friends and family, even during the time of year when we're usually surrounded by them the most. This year things are a bit brighter, especially post-"hot vaxx summer," which means there's all the more reason to get together with your friends and make up for lost time.

 

2. You Don't Have to Deal With Family Drama

While family is great, they can also be a bit tiring sometimes. The Thanksgiving dinner table can often feel like free-for-all question zone where your distant cousins, aunts and uncles feel like they suddenly need to know everything about your life and what you plan on doing after high school. Or even worse, you could be exiled to the dreaded children's table where you're left to feel like you're back in elementary school again. A family gathering like Thanksgiving is great, but sometimes the drama that comes along with it makes us wish we could do it all again with people who simply don't bring that drama along—our friends.

 

3. The Food Options Are Limitless

If you're vegetarian, vegan or simply not a fan of many of the traditional foods that tend to grace the table at regular Thanksgiving dinner, Friendsgiving is the time to eat whatever you want insteadIt goes down the best when you do a potluck-style dinner where every friend brings their own dish of some kind, so you'll get an array of items that will be a bit more suited to your own personal tastes.

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4.  It's an Excuse to Have Fun With Friends

The beauty of having a Friendsgiving is that this is a purely made-up holiday that can be whatever you want it to be. The only rule is that it includes friends and plenty of food, after that you can get creative and have fun however you like. From playing board or card games to hosting a makeshift photo booth or watching movies to cure your post-dinner food coma, Friendsgiving is just a fantastic way to gather with some of your favorite people.

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If all these reasons sound good to you, it's time to start planning your Friendsgiving. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered—click HERE for everything you need to know about throwing a Friendsgiving gathering.