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- Many Friendsgivings are pot-luck style

Most young Americans prefer Friendsgiving over the real deal

Friendsgiving vs Thanksgiving: where do you stand?

1y ago

Does the prospect of yet another passive aggressive comment from your mother in law about how you’ve cooked the turkey fill you with dread? Or maybe you have to shovel pumpkin pie into your mouth just to avoid starting an argument with your semi-racist uncle.

Well, if you would secretly much rather celebrate Friendsgiving than Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. Most young Americans actually prefer celebrating with their buddies over the traditional family holiday — seven out of 10 young people, in fact.

Research from a poll of 2,000 Americans aged 18 to 38 discovered that 68% would actually choose Friendsgiving as their preferred celebration.

Sixty-two percent of people polled said they don’t like hosting or even going to a traditional Thanksgiving.

The research was conducted by OnePoll and Sabra. It found that 58% of the pro-Friendsgiving people said it was because they get to avoid personal questions from the fam. Two in five said it was because they didn’t have to bite their tongue at the dinner table, and just under 40% said Friendsgiving means they don’t have to worry about offending a relative.

So it’s no surprise that just under a third of the people surveyed said they’d like to host their own Friendsgiving.

The survey did also find that while lots of Americans are opting for the newer Friendsgiving, they still want traditional dishes at the meal. Many Friendsgivings are pot-luck style.

The survey found that the top five dishes for a successful Friendsgiving are:

1) Turkey: 54 percent

2) Mashed potatoes: 45 percent

3) Sweet potatoes: 39 percent

4) Beef tenderloin: 39 percent

5) Gravy: 36 percent

Where do you stand on the Thanksgiving vs Friendsgiving debate? Let me know in the comments.

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Comments (11)

  • I am 55. I would enjoy Friendsgiving FAR more than Thanksgiving. Especially if they were serving beef tenderloin

      2 years ago
  • I've been to a few friendsgivings at chinese restaurants over the years - great food, large portions and dining room space for large groups, and they are open on Thanksgiving.

      2 years ago
  • I reckon you can have dinners with your friends anytime. You kind of need a special date to have one with your wider family.

    Plus, I'm not American, but even I know you can't get rid of Thanksgiving.

      2 years ago
  • Love Friendsgiving! It's usually much more chill and less chaotic than Thanksgiving with your friends.

      2 years ago
  • I’m in a fairly unique position on this. I’m a Brit in brooklyn, and my wife is from Louisiana. We’ve been inviting every single person in brooklyn who has no family to go home to, or can’t get home for whatever reason to our place for the last six years. Some years it’s only been 8 people, some years it’s been 25. The expense and the effort is nothing compared to the gratitude of everyone and the enormous sense of karma we get. Genuinely wouldn’t change it for the world. I just wish humans would be like that every day. Myself included.

      2 years ago
    • This sounds like a really lovely thing to do Steve. We do similar in our house on Christmas Day! Everyone comes over for bacon butties and prosecco in the morning, and we usually get around 30 people!

        2 years ago