Thanksgiving is a holiday that traditionally tends to recognize family and all of the blessings that have come to our family over the last year. It’s always fun to get everyone together and eat lots and lots of food and enjoy the company of people we haven’t seen since the holidays last year, wishing we would spend more time together. We recognize how incredible it is to have family in our lives (or see why Aunt Judy drives you insane more than you ever remembered.) But regardless of the amount of love and laughs we share, it typically seems to be shared with family.
Now I love love LOVE my family and all of the time I get to spend with them and appreciate them. BUT I think with Thanksgiving we often forget to be thankful for the other important people that are by our side on a day to day basis. Our coworkers and friends are the ones that we share our silly stories with. They partake in our office pranks, and listen to the sob stories. We spend more time with our friends than with most of our family, yet we forget to recognize them during this season!
This is why I have come to love the idea of Friendsgiving! Does anyone know where this idea originated?! I’ve started seeing it around a bit more over the last few years and it is a concept that absolutely melts my heart.
Getting your friends together to share a celebration of all you’ve been through in the last year, gathering different hearts side by side to enjoy each other. It’s amazing to see people from all different places (but all near and dear to your heart) getting to know each other! Inviting people over who are your closest friends, but potentially don’t know one another at all, allows some of your greatest friends the chance to build new friendships! It also gives you a chance to have all of your favorites in one place… and what could possibly be better than that?
Relationships are something that mean the world to me. (as they should.) They are the most important things we have in our lives and I love the concept of acknowledging your thanks for all of those incredible relationships.
I was fortunate enough to get to enjoy an evening full of amazing food, drinks, desserts and INCREDIBLE people 🙂 This is a tradition I hope to start and keep in the years to come!
Will you get a chance to spend some time with your dear friends this Thanksgiving? How do you plan on doing it?! Tell me about some of the ways you appreciate your friends in this season and what traditions you all might have!
Spread the FriendsGiving love!
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson
Experience and most photos courtesy of Joe Barber. Thanks Joe!