--by Mish, posted Nov 27, 2019
And, how timely an email showed up in my inbox this morning (excerpt shared below)! The Universe can so make me smile sometimes ðŸ˜Š
“Friendsgiving: because friends are the new family”
How Friendsgiving season eclipsed Turkey Day.
“This weekend, parties like (this) will be happening countrywide. Over the past half-decade or so, the week before Thanksgiving has been widely understood as a glorious reprieve before the obligations of actual Thanksgiving, which can range from multi-hour cross-country flights to having to explain who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis to your great-uncle. In contrast, Friendsgiving season is a time to just hang out with your usual crew and eat slightly more calories’ worth of autumnal food than normal.
While the concept of celebrating Thanksgiving with friends isn’t exactly new, “Friendsgiving” is. A Merriam-Webster investigation notes that the first usage of the term in print or online was in 2007, in posts on both Usenet and Twitter — and no, it wasn’t because of Friends (even though that would have made a lot of sense.”