Thanksgiving is a beautiful celebration of gratefulness, filled with food and family. However not everyone is able to travel this year, and some friends or neighbors don’t have Thanksgiving plans at all. Friendsgiving is a fabulous way to celebrate our “chosen family”. Here are a few reasons we think a Friendsgiving could be a great way for you to gather with your favorite group of people.
Travel + Distance
Many people’s lives have moved them far away from their hometowns. While some may be able to travel home for the holidays, that’s not the case for everyone – especially with the price of airfare. Here in Asheville, many residents are transplants – focusing on nurturing those local connections can help to develop a rich tapestry of friendships. Consider your friends and neighbors who cannot travel when deciding your Thanksgiving plans.
Celebrate with Food
Food is often considered the cornerstone of the traditional American Thanksgiving feast. That means the food should also be the showstopper of Friendsgiving festivities. What makes this even more fun is spreading the work around so everyone contributes. Another plus is you get a variety of dishes that are unique and special to those who bring them to the table.
Fun tip: Ask your guest to prepare a backstory for why they chose to make and share their specific dish. Oftentimes recipes are passed down in the family, or there is a funny cooking mishap that will bring you closer to your guests and learn more about their personal history!
Games + Activities
While family Thanksgivings are often just about making the turkey, watching the football game, and eating, you have some more autonomy when creating your Friendsgiving day-of events. Don’t be afraid to pull out some board games, whip out the karaoke machine, or invite everyone to toss in a scrap of paper for a game of charades. Whatever you and your friends love to do, use this day to enjoy it.
Show Your Gratitude
While we show our thankfulness through food and celebration, we can’t forget that the underlying purpose of Thanksgiving is gratitude. There is no better time to thank your guests for being a friend. When you sit down to eat, take a minute to go around the room and invite everyone to share something they’re grateful for. It can be big or small, just a mention of something to bring happiness to the occasion.
The team at GoPrime Mortgage in Asheville, NC wants to thank you for being a friend, and wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.