Friendsgiving: The Terrific Thanksgiving Phenomenon


Tanner Adams

Feast with Friends: Friendsgiving takes NAHS (and the rest of the country) by storm every Thanksgiving season

To escape their families this holiday season, teenagers flock to their friends’ houses with home-cooked meals in hand. This phenomenon, named “Friendsgiving”, has taken over the turkey holiday, growing in popularity each year. This festive idea involves gathering with peers to indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving spread, swapping the uncles and cousins for friends. But remember, do not show up empty-handed or you might be perceived as a stingy freeloader.  

Many attend Friendsgivings, but there are a limited few who take on the role of hosting. Junior Liza Berry took to hosting an Italian-themed spread this year. Although pasta is not a traditional Thanksgiving dish, Friendsgiving allows the opportunity to be a little less formal. Nevertheless, it was a feast; even Scout (Berry’s dog) took part in the celebration by eating half a bright pink bundt cake. “Planning this occasion was somewhat stressful in terms of picking a date that works for everyone,” she said. “It was worth it in the end.”

Not only can thanksgiving festivities be celebrated with friends and family, but with co-workers. Junior Halle Pray will attend a get-together with six other people at her workplace, Fabrik. She is bringing Brioche Rolls and Chocolate Chip Cookies for all to enjoy. Pray looks forward to bonding with fellow employees and savoring all the yummy food. “Friendsgiving has become such a big phenomenon because it allows people to connect on a greater level,” she said. “People can gather and take a holiday normally meant for family and bring them to their social circles.” 

Junior Leola Hayal hosted 11 people at her house for an extravagant Friendsgiving celebration. Each guest brought something as equally exciting and delicious as the next. Hayal’s diner menu, thanks to her guest, included a fresh turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, lamb chops, bread/rolls, tomato-basil feta pasta, and sweet potato. The dessert menu did not disappoint with tiramisu, a cookie platter, cranberry casserole, and chocolate muffins. Everyone’s contribution made the feast even more special. Additionally, Hayal and her friends participated in a memorable thanksgiving tradition – each person said what they were thankful for. “My favorite part of this entire experience was celebrating with my friends as if they were family,” she said. “Friendsgivings are now something I look forward to every holiday season.” 

Friendsgivings will continue contributing to the wide variety of Thanksgiving celebrations every year. So call up some friends, start whipping up a dish (or two) in the kitchen, and embark on a feast with friends who feel like family. To the readers, Happy Wiregiving! We are thankful for you.