It is no secret that we are approaching another holiday that we are going to be celebrating differently. Although it hurts and is hard, we have to do our part to keep each other safe! With that said, there is no need to be enjoying the season alone. Rethink your 2020 Friendsgiving Festivities with some of these ideas! 

  1. Pen Pals – Take the opportunity to connect with friends, acquaintances, and family! With some negativity floating around, getting a letter in the mail is something that is fun to look forward to. This is an opportunity to rekindle old friendships, to talk with friends who may have moved back home, or to keep in touch with family that you are unable to visit. This is something that does not take a lot of time to do, but means a lot! (Especially to those whom you are thankful for!)
  1. Host a Micro-Friendsgiving – Have a celebration with those that you live with, and then connect with others virtually. Hosting a micro-friendsgiving will keep numbers down, limit exposure to otherwise, but will bring a new dynamic to Friendsgiving that would otherwise have to be fully virtual. Your micro-friendsgiving crew could connect with multiple other micro-friendsgiving groups to bring a large group of people together! Imagine you and your four roommates on a video call with 4 other micro-friendsgiving groups – pretty fun right?!
  1. Fully Online Parties – Although everyone’s screen-time is going up, utilize your technology for good! If you are unable to host a micro-friendsgiving, take it all online. Doing a Zoom/Google Hangout party is becoming all too common, but there is nothing wrong with that. There are numerous games that can be played and conversations to be had digitally! Click HERE for some game night inspirations.
  1. Get Creative with Food – Instead of trying to cook dinner for a smaller group, support a small business and order in! If you and your virtual group of friends order in from the same place, it will (almost) feel like you’re eating the same meal together. Or, try sending each other some of your favorite foods! Who said you have to have turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving? Send each other meals from your favorite Chinese restaurant, and make this Friendsgiving one to remember! 
  1. Give Back – Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving is the perfect time to reflect on what we are all thankful for and give back to others. In a safe manner, get a group of friends virtually together and have a “give back” party! You can all make tie blankets, create a box or kit of food to donate (feel free to tie in your family and have them send you contributions), go give blood, or make thank you cards for essential workers. There is plenty to do together virtually to give back. 

Make the most out of this Friendsgiving season and get creative with your festivities! There are plenty of ways to show those around you that you are thankful for them and to celebrate in a safe manner. Make sure you comment what other ideas you have or what you and your friends will be doing for this year’s Friendsgiving Festivities!