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Friendsgiving: An Up-and-Coming Tradition?

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It’s November. Everyone is giving thanks on Facebook, and most of us are feeling pretty superficial for only showing our “sincere” gratitude one month a year. Yup, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

If you’re like me, every year you have to decide where you will spend the holidays. You really don’t want to make anyone feel bad for opting one side of the family over the other, but you also don’t want to haul yourself and whoever else all over the place and eat three or four dinners either. That’s why this year, I have decided that my Thanksgiving time is going to my friends. No noise, no family fussing, just wine, turkey, and great conversation – that’s what I’m thankful for this year, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

My little circle isn’t the first to come up with this, however. Over the last three years or so I have heard of more and more people staying close to home and sharing this day of gratitude with their dearest friends. I’m not saying you should do this every year, or that there’s anything wrong with family, I’m just saying why not escape from some of the stress for just one day this holiday season…. there’s always Christmas.

Finally, the best part of friendsgiving: the friends who don’t have any family close, or money to get to them have a nice warm place to go, and they won’t feel like the black sheep. That’s the holiday spirit, if you ask me.

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Kristina Carpenter

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