Friendsgiving: A New Thanksgiving

By Staff Writer Marshall Byington

Graphics by Lisa Lam

As students reminisce fondly over their Thanksgiving feasts, family, and friends, they might linger on the memories of friends. One might think the holiday could be better, with the right changes. With Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving can be approached with a fresh and new perspective to celebrate friends, with friends, as well as give thanks for their contribution in one’s life. The food is an added bonus.

“Just sitting at the table with everyone was a lot of fun,” said senior Kameron Richards. “Everyone was excited that everyone else was there.”

“I took a can of whipped cream and I sprayed it on my friend,” said senior Daniel Chau, who attended the same gathering.

Friendsgiving is a chance to have fun, which is part of the celebration. Whether passively enjoying each others’ presence or actively getting involved in shenanigans, you can “appreciate your companions,” said Chau. It is much like Thanksgiving in the sense that there is food and it is an event where friends can take the time to be grateful for their lives.

And it doesn’t just stop at Thanksgiving.

“It’s like Friendsgiving but for Christmas,” said senior Noah Smith. “We’re starting these holidays together as friends, it’s been about a year and a half now [since starting these friend holidays].”

“We have friendsmas… we meet up and do a white elephant [gift exchange],” adds senior Joshua Garcia. In a white elephant gift exchange, presents are gathered, meaning to entertain those involved. The order of choosing presents is decided, and the first one up is to unwrap a gift. The following person can then steal the present or unwrap a new one. Presents can only be swiped once per turn, and the activity goes on until everyone has had a chance to gain a gift. However, this is only one option to what can go on during Friendsmas.

Friendsgiving can also happen differently, but keep in mind that it is a celebration of friendship at its core. “I would recommend [Friendsgiving] to everybody because it’s a good way to get together with your friends… hang out and just have a good time,” said Smith.

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