Friendsgiving: The New Trend

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Tessa B.

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Many people can’t afford to fly out to see their families for Thanksgiving. Some people just abandon the holiday because they don’t want to cook. They wish there was a way to celebrate Thanksgiving on a budget and with little effort. There is. In the last few years, there has been a very trendy solution: Friendsgiving.

Friendsgiving is a different way to celebrate Thanksgiving that is very popular among Millennials. They invite their closest friends over for a potluck-style Thanksgiving. It is usually on a Wednesday or Friday in case any of the guests want to spend the actual holiday with their families. The host is traditionally the one that assigns the different dishes to their friends and cooks the turkey.

It became very popular around 2010, but the concept has been around for a very long time. The idea spread like wildfire through posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and soon the term “Friendsgiving” was coined. Friendsgiving has become very popular in both US and Canada. According to CNN Money, there were over 75,000 posts about Friendsgiving in 2015.

Friendsgiving isn’t just a bunch of obnoxious Millennials getting together to disrespect the holiday.  Friendsgiving is having a great impact on the community, too. No Kid Hungry has started a fundraising campaign where people can sign up to host a Friendsgiving. Their friends donate a small sum of money to No Kid hungry when they are invited. $10 equals meals for 100 kids. In return, the host gets expert advice from the charity on hosting a great Friendsgiving. Kristen Holmes has raised over 1,200 dollars for No Kid Hungry and is featured on their website. She said, “Having grown up in a home that always encouraged us to give back, and a passion to cook and host dinner parties, Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry was the perfect campaign by encompassing these elements,”

Friendsgiving may not be like a traditional Thanksgiving in every way, but both are still a time to celebrate with the people we are thankful for.

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