Thanksgiving is such a special holiday — it’s origins are sort of problematic but it’s a good day to stuff yourself with food, watch football, and to be grateful too, I guess.
And it’s also the time too see family. Although, I love my family to bits, I also dread seeing them.
It’s exhausting to act like the best version of myself to appease an auntie I only see once year. And the passive-aggressive comments about my weight, career, and relationship choices are just painful.
I also cannot deal with the stress of traveling back to my hometown, and sleeping on my twin-sized bed.
That’s why in the past few years, I’ve taken to celebrating Friendsgiving (it means Thanksgiving with friends) instead.
And I think you should give it a try too!
Food is a great way to bring people together. For Friendsgiving, you don’t have to worry about cooking a lot because potluck can be an option.
You don’t have to do traditional Thanksgiving dishes either. Just cook or bring something you like!
No family drama.
Family drama is stressful. It can be hard to find ways to avoid it, and many people are forced into situations where they have no choice but to deal with family members’ issues.
Friendsgiving is a great way to avoid this kind of drama. You can focus on the people you love and care about, not what their parents want them to do or how they should act.
It’s also important not to feel like you have to conform too much when it comes down the holidays: there’s no pressure on anyone (including yourself) if someone else doesn’t want something specific during this time of year—you’re free from tradition!
Starting your own Friendsgiving traditions.
You can start your own Friendsgiving traditions. Make it a yearly event that you’ll always attend, even if it’s not at the same time of year or place as everyone else.
If you’re friends with more than one person, make it an annual holiday for all of them. If you want to do something special for just one friend group in particular, consider creating a special day where everyone gets together and does something together—and maybe even make some food or drinks!
You don’t have to travel anywhere.
Friendsgiving means staying at the comfort of your own home. You can just invite friends over or host a party at a local restaurant or bar.
Friendsgiving is a great way to connect with friends and make memories.
Friendsgiving is a great way to connect with friends and make memories. You can get together with old friends and make new ones, share your favorite traditions, or create new ones of your own.
So if you’re looking for a holiday that will bring people together in the spirit of giving, this is it!