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Friendsgiving: Sharing Thanksgiving with the families we choose

Written By | Nov 20, 2018
Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Laurie Edward Tate

 SAN DIEGO: Families across America come together with loved ones on Thanksgiving.  Joyous in the spirit of gratefulness, families share the warmth of the hearth,  home, and traditional Thanksgiving dinners.  Unfortunately, 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.  Entering the new way to celebrate all we are thankful for Friendsgiving.


Friendsgiving is a relatively new concept for Thanksgiving Day, sharing the day with those who are not blood family members.  The family we choose is a common way of describing the people we love like blood.

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 its quite possible that it may be a Sunday feast.


Friendsgiving, a family gathering feel comprised of genuine friends.

In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 124.6 million Americans were single, representing 50.2 percent of all Americans.

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.

Giving thanks for friends on Friendsgiving

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 shares the work. The host is responsible for the turkey with guests bringing side dishes that are traditional favorites from their families.

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 gratefulness for the family while paying tribute to those who are no longer with us. Friendsgiving is especially ideal for those who are single to share in the experience of friendship, 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!


Lead Image:  The first “Friends” Friendsgiving? Screen Shot


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.