While Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks over a family meal, Friendsgiving is a time to drink, eat and play with friends.
The unofficial party became widely celebrated in its own way, with friends often planning meals, decorations, and games for the occasion. Even President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden celebrate an Early Thanksgiving with the North Carolina military at Fort Bragg.
It is not known how long people have been celebrating Friendsgiving, but the term has been in use since 2007 and is only showing signs of increasing popularity.
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The term Friendsgiving was coined in 2007, but gained popularity in 2011 when Bailey’s Irish Cream used the word in an advertising campaign, according to Merriam-Webster. In 2013, it was widely used and released, according to Google search data.
The unofficial holiday is typically celebrated the weekend before Thanksgiving, which falls on a Thursday. While some walk away from family and get closer to friends, Friendsgiving comes in handy, said Lizzie Post, co-chair of the Emily Post Institute.
Friendsgiving is also a “less stressful” option for some as they prepare for the family vacation.
“It grew because of the distance, the focus on friends who are family and more, but this year the popularity has definitely increased,” Post said.
How do people celebrate Friendsgiving?
Amy Costa chose to celebrate Friendsgiving before traveling over 100 miles to attend her mother’s Thanksgiving dinner for 50 people. Costa, who is from Florida, helped Friendsgiving gave him a “sweet and stress-free” opportunity to share a dinner with friends who have always wanted blood.
“It’s just easier for me, no stress of family reunions or sensitive topics. For Friendsgiving, you choose who you want around your table,” Costa told USA TODAY.
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For Arnold Boyd, Friendsgiving is “almost twice as much fun as Thanksgiving”. Boyd, who is 29 and from New Jersey, and his close college friends started the tradition of meeting for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner in 2015. Each year they take turns planning and spending a weekend together, remember, play board games, eat and drink.
While Thanksgiving calls for “chicer clothes and attitude,” Friendsgiving can be a time to let loose.
“It’s a tradition to see friends and make them a priority, just like family. It’s fun, we play games, we drink and we eat turkey and ham. I grew up. to celebrate it just as much as Thanksgiving, ”Boyd said in the United States. TODAY.
Post said that each year she sees more and more families withdrawing from large family gatherings and turning to smaller, more intimate Friendsgivings. Why? “Friends are family too. For some, friends are the only family they have,” Post said.
Friendsgiving can be celebrated with a big feast or just take out, it can be short or an entire weekend event. The main reason for the growth of Friendsgiving is to highlight the value of friendship during the holidays.
“Friends are important, friends are everything to some people, so Friendsgiving gives people a chance to celebrate and embrace these special people,” Post said.
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