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Friendsgiving: We get by with a little help from our friends

Written By | Nov 26, 2019
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SAN DIEGO, November 26, 2019– Families and friends across America are making plans to come together with loved ones on Friendsgiving Day!

Your friends will be there for you

Joyous in the spirit of gratefulness, families will share warm, memorable moments of hearth, home and traditional Thanksgiving dinners. For those without family, Thanksgiving can be a very lonely time. Whether due to distance, illness, or the loss of those we love, discovering new ways of experiencing Thanksgiving can bring us new happiness.
What is Friendsgiving?

Friendsgiving is a relatively new concept for Thanksgiving Day, sharing the day with those who are not blood family members

Celebrating the holiday with friends has become more popular in recent years because of the millennials who were born between 1981 and 2000. The origins of Friendsgiving might have been gatherings of college students who were unable to travel home; or members of the military or groups of millennials forging careers far from home, choosing to spend the day together.

There are those millennials who are in the retail industry, requiring them to work throughout Thanksgiving Day sales and Black Friday. This prevents celebrating on the traditional Thursday, so it’s quite possible that it may be a Sunday feast.

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Gather friends for a pre-Thanksgiving day feast

Over half of people aged 18-34 have no steady partner which may account for the rise of Friendsgiving.

Friendsgiving has great advantages for those who are single as the gathering is comfortable for both partners and singles. Sharing the holiday with a special day for friends might become an additional holiday tradition.

Though celebrating Thanksgiving Day with friends is not altogether new, its popularity has been on the rise with millennials. The flexibility of Friendsgiving meeting their varied lives and schedules.

Replacing the constraints of the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner the relaxed Friendsgiving celebration has the host responsible for the turkey with guests bringing side dishes that are traditional favorites from their families.

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Thanksgiving vs. Friendsgiving traditions

For those who have long-held Thanksgiving Day traditions to look forward to each year, celebrating this day provides the opportunity to express gratitude. Gratitude for the family while paying tribute to those who are no longer with us.

Friendsgiving is especially ideal for those who are single yet wanting to share in the experience of friendship. While being valued and accepted for the individual they are.

Whatever Thanksgiving celebrations you celebrate this year, be grateful to be living in freedom and the magnificence of democracy in this great country called America.

From all of us at LifeCycles, may your Thanksgiving Day be blessed and beautiful!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.