Friendsgiving- A Better Alternative to Thanksgiving?


Ashlee Mirabal, Brimstone Reporter

It’s that time of year once again; The scent of apple cider, cinnamon sticks, sliced turkey, and buttery mashed potatoes soaked in gravy fill the air. 


Thanksgiving is the time to get together with family and friends, enjoy the crisp air, and wear knitted mittens. In the evening you might gather together with the ones you love, enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and end the night with a classic christmas film. 


But something that I believe is not talked about enough is Friendsgivng. This year is going to be my very first Friendgiving, and let’s just say I have never been more excited. Just the idea of being able to get together with my closest friends and take in the spread surrounding us makes me more excited than ever. Friendsgiving is also the perfect excuse to get messy in the kitchen.

I have never believed that you are expected to gather around with your family, dress up, and eat dinner. There are many people around the country who usually don’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving because not everyone has the best relationship with their families or has a family one they can spend Thanksgiving with. Friendsgiving doesn’t mean you are expected to bring a big fancy turkey, and your best cranberry sauce. All you should bring is your gratitude, even if it means just gathering around the living room with a delicious slice of pumpkin pie. 


You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on decorations and ingredients to make a massive Thanksgiving spread. Whoever shows up, shows up, and that’s what is most important. Thanksgiving has always been a stressful time of year, but Friendsgiving is stress-free. Friendsgiving can be about spending time with the ones who mean a lot to you while sitting on the couch, watching cliche Hallmark movies, and eating mashed potatoes out of a bowl. Being able to spend the night with my friends, ice skating, coming back home and eating dinner, and revisiting old memories is all I need this time of year.