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How to Celebrate Friendsgiving

admin - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving prompts traditions – touch-football games
with family, sharing pumpkin pie recipes, turkey-trots, overeating and going
back for more, and that one uncle who always
falls asleep on the couch.

One popular tradition around Thanksgiving involves
sharing what you’re thankful for. Some families even make it a requirement,
before eating, to go around the dinner table and give thanks: 

 “I’m thankful for family!”

“I’m thankful for Buster (the dog)!”

“I’m thankful for my loving husband.”

“I’m thankful for the Steelers!”

“I’m thankful for this huge plate of food in
front of me!”

The list goes on. So in the tradition of giving thanks,
let’s take a moment and thank the Millennials. Why should we thank them? Well,
besides being able to answer any technical, computer/smartphone-related
question on cue, they’re the creative group of people that came up with

Although Friendsgiving’s origin is murky – it doesn’t
have ONE creator on ONE specific day – over the past two years, its popularity
has skyrocketed.

Friendsgiving (aka having Thanksgiving with your friends)
provides the perfect solution for young people or students who cannot make it
home for Thanksgiving, due to lack of money, lack of patience and time for
travel, inflexible work schedules, or those who choose to avoid the family
drama that sometimes comes along with the holidays.

This holiday created by Millennials, catered to
Millennials, is one that probably makes your traditional parents tear up. But
sometimes, especially during the holidays, it’s hard to please everyone, and
Friendsgiving is an easy solution to putting some tradition back into your
hectic life.

But how do you do Friendsgiving?

You could Google “Friendsgiving.” But in the fashion of
things Millennials like, Buzzfeed – a news source trusted by Millennials – offers
an all-inclusive list on how to do your first Friendsgiving. http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/17-rules-of-friendsgiving#.qmrN0yRGvz

And here’s the condensed list (something Millennials like
even more!):

1. The Host Makes the Turkey & Gravy, Sets a Nice Table (with serving bowls/platters), Supplies Ice & Water

2. The Host Cooks Nothing Else (Otherwise he/she might get overwhelmed)

3. The Host Coordinates a Potluck of Every Other Dish

4. The Host Ensures Dietary Restrictions are Met

5. The Most Reliable Friend Should be Assigned Horsd’oeuvres

6. There Should be Different types of Potatoes, Vegetables, Stuffing & Desserts

7. It’s Okay to Have Cranberry Sauce from a Can

8. Guests should bring Wine or Whiskey

9. Assign Someone with Good Music Taste the Duty of Making a Playlist

10. Never tell Mom you like Friendsgiving more than Thanksgiving

And this Thanksgiving, if you can’t make it home to celebrate with family, give thanks to Millennials for Friendsgiving.