Courier tries: Friendsgiving

Arguably, one of the best parts about the holiday season is spending time with friends and family, while indulging in an unhealthy amount of delicious food. America’s millennials have created a new trend for the Thanksgiving season: Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving has all the trimmings of a Thanksgiving feast, without any of the family drama. Usually, it is celebrated by someone hosting the event at their house and inviting their close friends for a Thanksgiving potluck.

“Every year I host a Friendsgiving at my house and invite a bunch of my friends over. It usually is a potluck so people bring different dishes and desserts, and we all eat together to celebrate Thanksgiving!” senior Cindy Manngard said.

Photo by Maeve O'Boyle

The tradition’s exact origin is unknown, although pop culture may have planted its seed. Some of the most memorable episodes of the NBC sitcom “Friends” are the ones in which the gang celebrates Thanksgiving together. The Courier staff decided to try out their own Friendsgiving in the journalism lab on Friday, Nov. 3.

“All of the food was amazing and it was nice to just chill for the period,” senior Dylan McWilliams said.

A signup sheet was created so each staff member could sign up and bring in a dish from the list. The sheet consisted of main entrees such as turkey and ham, side dishes, desserts and drinks. Turkey, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, corn and pumpkin pie were a few of the dishes brought in by staff members.

“My favorite dish was the turkey brought in by Mrs. Phillips. Even though it was turkey in a bag, it was perfectly cooked and super delicious. The sparkling grape juice that Maeve brought in was really good too and made the event feel like a real celebration,” junior Leah Fogel said.

Many of the main dishes and desserts were made from scratch by staff members. Senior Molly Cooke discovered an apple pie recipe online which she made and brought in for the entire staff to try.

Photo by Maeve O'Boyle

“I looked online to find an easy apple pie recipe and went to the store to pick up all the ingredients with my sister. It took about an hour to bake in the oven and half an hour to make the filling and the crust. Overall, it wasn’t too hard to make and it turned out really well,” Cooke said.

Although the Courier staff enjoyed the experience, there were some difficulties in planning and executing the event.

“I know it was difficult for everyone to bring in all of the crockpots and extension cords to school. We also couldn’t clean out our crockpots so some people had to take theirs home with leftovers in it. Other than that, the clean up was not too bad and I think everyone had a great time,” Fogel said.

Overall, Friendsgiving was a fun, bonding experience for the entire staff. It brought the staff closer together and the publication got the chance to reflect on what they are thankful for this holiday season.

“To me, Friendsgiving is about being surrounded by the people I care about and reflecting on what I am thankful for. I had a great time at the Courier Friendsgiving and I would definitely do it again!” McWilliams said.


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