Giving Thanks with Friends and Family?

The full glory of a Turducken (a chicken inside of a duck that is then put in a turkey), which may be on the table of your Friendsgiving event. No those are not feathers, it’s rosemary.

The full glory of a Turducken (a chicken inside of a duck that is then put in a turkey), which may be on the table of your Friendsgiving event. No those are not feathers, it’s rosemary.

Sofia Papadopoulos

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A day of eating, laughing, and sharing thanks is most likely associated with Thanksgiving, but what is even better than sharing a day with your crazy family? Sharing a day with your crazy friends.

These friends are the family you have chosen and the family that causes you the least stress, so why wouldn’t you share a day of thanks with them? They are the ones that create the environment you are thankful for, the memories that bring you the most smiles, and, at the event of Friendsgiving, the food you are raving over.

Sophomore Annika Patel said, “During Friendsgiving, you gain a closer relationship with the people you are thankful for. And, while you are bonding, you get to hang out with amazing people and eat even more amazing food.”

If you don’t know what Friendsgiving is, it is a simple event that consists of various unsaid rules. It is a day of giving thanks and celebrating, just as you would on Thanksgiving Day, but with friends instead of family. The rules start with the most important one: The host must (unless there are actual reasons why they can’t) make the turkey and everyone else must bring at least one beautifully crafted dish large enough for one portion per guest.

Each guest must bring a Thanksgiving food, such as stuffing, candied yams, or potatoes, and someone must bring a vegetable. After a bit of digesting, the sweets come out and by the end you don’t know if you are happy or sad that you ate two full plates of food, two pieces of your friend’s artisan cheesecake, a slice of pumpkin pie, and more whipped cream then most cans can hold.

Although we are dragged, whether willingly or not, into the family celebrations of November 23, we can all push to create happy friend-family memories of Friendsgiving.

“Friendsgiving is literally amazing – delicious food and gaining so much weight your sweats no longer hold your waist is the best,” said sophomore Alexa Tarabocchia, while also explaining how the idea of having two Thanksgivings in one month sounds awesome.

No uncomfortable political tension will rise between Aunt Sally and Uncle Bob’s new girlfriend midway through eating causing a strange quiet lull at the adult table; therefore, resulting in your mom sitting at the kids table, ruining the 15 to 25 age group vibe.

No one will have to be separated from the fun cousins (who always seem to be older) and sit at the dreaded 0 to 15 age group table. Everyone is around a single table, whether it holds 12 people or not, and is smiling, laughing, and yelling per usual.

No one’s self-declared “cool” Aunt Linda will get a little pour happy with the five dollar wine she brought for herself before beginning to tell awkward stories that no one knows how to answer to in a way that isn’t giggling to themselves because of the bizarre story.

Instead, your best friends will take the normal weird pictures of you devouring candied yams that you haven’t stopped talking about in over three weeks, and as a rebuttal, you make fun of her choice of boys (or the other way around depending on your friend). You will all then begin comparing how full you are as you force yourself to get in that last piece of white turkey meat.

Nothing can beat the happiness of Friendsgiving, and its overwhelming joy is a feeling every single person should experience.

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