Though a traditional Thanksgiving can be a good time filled with loved ones and incredible food, deep down everyone knows Friendsgiving is really the better celebration. From copious amounts of booze to getting to avoid debating the presidential election, your friends want nothing more than to have a good time and eat good food on Friendsgiving. It’s a more relaxed, party-friendly atmosphere than the potentially stuffy vibe of your family Thanksgiving.
So forget about making sure you don’t offend Great Uncle Terry, and check out why Friendsgiving is really so much better:
Sure, there’s wine and beer at Thanksgiving Day dinner, but Friendsgiving is an all-out booze fest. More booze equals more fun, so pop those bottles and relax. Your best friends are there to pour out another round of shots, and mom isn’t there to warn you about “overindulgence.”
Family Thanksgiving dinners don’t necessarily have to be a formal, sit-down affair, but it’s not the party that Friendsgiving is. After the plates have been cleared, it’s time to turn up the music and take to the dancefloor. You’re not going to see this at a typical Thanksgiving; at best, you’ll get a rousing game of charades.
No Cross-Country Traveling
Going home for the holidays can be a rewarding, relaxing experience, but before you’re back at mom and dad’s house, you have to get there. For many people, this means dealing with airports, traffic, and expensive tickets during the busiest traveling season of the year, which just so happens to coincide with bad weather. Friendsgiving is local, so there’s no need to worry about catching that 6 a.m. flight.
Listen, you don’t want to mess up Thanksgiving by trying out a new cornbread stuffing or giving the traditional pumpkin pie a twist, but that’s all fair game for Friendsgiving. This is the party for culinary experimentation, so feel free to go crazy. If it goes well, you impress all your friends. And if you fail at your new recipe, it’s a low-risk affair and not the main event.
Sharing Family Recipes and Traditions
Everyone at your regular Thanksgiving is familiar with Grandma’s collard greens and Aunt Ruth’s famous garlic mashed potatoes, but at Friendsgiving these dishes get new life. In addition to sharing your classic, family-favorite recipes, you can also bring your family traditions to the table. Do you always break the wishbone or have a family jam session after dinner? Try it out with your friends, too.
You Don’t Have to Worry About Political Arguments
While families span generations and income brackets, your friends are more likely to share in your belief system than your family. There’s no need to worry about political debates or a hearty “discussion” about feminism at Friendsgiving — your buddies have your back.