A Brief History of Friendsgiving

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Remember 2016, when you thought Thanksgiving hit rock bottom? Aunt Carol was face down in the pumpkin pie due to one too many hard ciders, your brother’s boyfriend was vegan and dad “forgot” the tofurkey and Grandma was starting every sentence with “back in my day”. Good times, right? Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse the next year, 2017 happened. With yet another unpredictable year almost behind us, the last stretch seems light years away. In times like these, everyone needs a little help from their friends; John and Paul know what’s up.

Friendsgiving helps people avoid family situations like that, in pot-luck fashion, of course. Tofurkey and rosé will be enjoyed (and Instagrammed) by friends at Pinterest-y decorated tables nationwide. While its origin is still unconfirmed, there is no doubt that patient zero was a broke millennial. According to AAA, nearly 51 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from their home. Which, for some, even a Dionysus-amount of wine wouldn’t be worth the trip. However, economic turns and awkward family dinners aren’t the only reasons why Friendsgiving exists.

Challenging conventions is the Millennial generation’s anthem, and changing the long-established traditions of Thanksgiving is no exception to those ideals. However, over the 5+ year span that this holiday has been growing, the generational gap has been closing. Anxiety-inducing family situations knows no age, which makes this holiday cross-generational. Friendsgiving alleviates the pressure of not offending anyone with a French recipe on an American holiday or the tattoo that can’t be hidden with a long-sleeve turtleneck.

Due to this pseudo-holiday’s fundamental lack of rules, it can be celebrated on any day. While it may seemed reserved for Instagramming Millennials only, anyone can benefit from a stress-free, affordable and rosé-filled day to give thanks with friends. Here’s to not having another awkward Thanksgiving, happy Friendsgiving!