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Would you rather celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends or with your family?

Over the last few years, gathering with your friends to celebrate Thanksgiving has become increasingly popular. People love to make their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and enjoy a festive, indulgent potluck with their closest friends. Some claim "Friendsgiving" is far superior to traditional Thanksgiving because it avoids any family drama. Others love reuniting with relatives; blood runs thicker than water after all. Who would you rather break bread with?

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Typically, Friendsgiving takes place before Thanksgiving itself. But regardless of when you host, Friendsgiving is an excellent way to celebrate the holiday if you can't travel to your family.

It's also a far more inclusive celebration. No one is tied to decades-old family traditions that have lost meaning. No one has any lofty expectations for what the holiday and meal itself should look like. Friendsgiving better represents the spirit of the season of Thanksgiving; everyone present is truly grateful to be celebrating together.

As The Atlantic's Ashley Fetters puts it, Friendsgiving relieves stress, rather than adding to it. 

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Friendsgiving also gives everyone the opportunity to try out their own cooking chops. For years, you've watched relatives bake and blunder in the kitchen when it comes to roasting turkeys and perfecting casseroles. Friendsgiving is YOUR turn to try something new. 

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For some, Friendsgiving can also mean indulging in foods outside of the typical Thanksgiving menu. If you want pizza, you can do that. If you want Taco Bell, you can do that. If you want Italian food, you can do that!

Who needs napkin rings when you can have onion rings? 

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Whether your Thanksgiving meal is fancy or not, celebrating with your family reflects the true nature of the holiday. As Fetters writes in The Atlantic:

For almost as long as Thanksgiving has existed, it’s been considered a holiday to spend with family—or, at the very least, its strong ties to family developed long before it became a federal holiday in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation that made Thanksgiving a national holiday...But even before then, [Matthew Dennis, a University of Oregon professor] says, 'people who were spread all over the country were encouraged to come home for Thanksgiving. "Home for Thanksgiving" became a mantra.'

Plus, who has that many friends to get together with? Even if your family isn't perfect, at least they're stuck with you!

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Friendsgiving is fun, but there's no question that the traditional Thanksgiving meal with your family is far superior. The potluck and do-it-yourself nature of Friendsgiving will inevitably lead to some failures in the kitchen, but at a traditional Thanksgiving meal, you know all your favorite foods will be present. 

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There's something magical about being with family members that you rarely get to see. Whatever your traditions might be, and whatever inevitable drama you might face, Thanksgiving is a time to tell the people in your life that you love them and you are thankful for them–particularly those people who most often get on your nerves. 

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Would you rather celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends or with your family?
#LoveFriendsgiving
A festive crown for the winner
#ThanksgivingWithFam