Thanksgiving is a holiday with many memories and traditions. Various traditions that range from meeting at the same family member’s house each year to traditions unique to each family. For others, Thanksgiving is a difficult time because they might not have any significant customs. Some spend their lives admiring other families with no traditions of their own. Others are merely lonely and they long to spend their holiday with anyone, period! Enter the concept of Friendsgiving over recent years!

Friendsgiving is a typical Thanksgiving Meal where each friend is responsible for bringing a specific dish. Turkey, ham, stuffing, and other standard Thanksgiving staples are intentionally assigned. Some friends, however, become creative and bring different dishes to the gathering. No matter the food, the point Friendsgiving is a time to remember and be thankful for each other. After all, “our friends are the family we get to choose!”

Before the gathering showed up on TV shows, in lifestyle magazines, and on social media, people were unofficially doing Friendsgiving for years. Many friends, colleagues, or mates would come together and celebrate a meal together. Not until recent years did the dinner have the official name we now call Friendsgiving.

Since Friendsgiving then is a great concept, there are some essential things to remember. 

Mostly, have fun and be grateful. Remember, some friends had dysfunctional family Thanksgivings growing up. If they have fun Friendsgivings now, they might have something to look forward to during this holiday. Something that could help them get through their awkward family Thanksgivings. Other friends have hopeful family Thanksgivings, and it will be joyful just having them present. 

Either way, be glad you have your friends. Be grateful we live in an age where the internet promotes such events for others to know and participate. Love every one of your friends. They, like your family, are in your life for a reason, and by valuing them, you value what your life should become, which is love for another. 

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