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Friendsgiving: Turkey For Fourteen with the Family you Can Find

Nick Englehart

Posted on December 4, 2019 02:42

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What it's like being twenty-three and far from home during the holidays.

On three days' notice, I hosted fourteen people in my two-bedroom apartment. We have a living room and two chairs. So you could say we were adequately prepared for the task.

Thanksgiving wasn’t supposed to be held at our place, but the apartment our friend moved into was even smaller than ours. With the benevolence that comes from an unhealthy inability to say no, my fiance and I took on the burden.

The most important part of hosting is the ambiance., which is why my fiance purchased forty dollars worth of plastic leaves and a twenty-foot string of Thanksgiving-themed lights. The leaves were pretty; the string of lights was actually only five feet.

The first day we spent taping the leaves to the apartment walls (a decision I’m sure will haunt me toward the end of my lease), and calling a party rental company with reviews that read, “Everything was dirty.” It was also the day I would pick out my first ever turkey.

I’m a bit of a home chef so I was going to do it right. I spent forty dollars on the turkey because it had to be a butterball. I decided to spatchcook, which is the act of removing the backbone, so after much searching my travels landed me at Lowes to buy seventeen dollar garden shears for the task - shears which would rust only two days later.

A few final ingredients, (a woman backed into us with her car) and we were finally ready to begin the party. This was no ordinary Thanksgiving; this was what has become commonly referred to as a ‘Friendsgiving.’ A term that became popular in the last few years but has captured the hearts and lives of everyone I know.

We don’t have the option to go back for every holiday. We have to pick the ones that are most important to us and frankly Thanksgiving just isn't making the cut. Especially not when its corresponding dates are the most traveled of the year.

Some of us don’t have the money, some of us don’t have the time, some of our jobs don’t allow time off during any holiday. These friend holidays might just be a new part of growing up - finding a way to make do with the family you can find.

Despite this, we have adapted and found a way to spend time with the people we care about. We sat down like a family, and for a couple of hours (seven in our case - they just wouldn’t leave) we got a little taste of what it was like to be back home. It was just like a regular Thanksgiving. Just without all of the arguing.

Nick Englehart

Posted on December 4, 2019 02:42

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