Gwen Morovitz, Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is right around the corner whether you believe it or not. It feels like just yesterday we were wandering aimlessly down the hallways searching desperately for our classrooms during the first week of school.

But now that Halloween has passed, and the department stores are bringing out their Christmas trees, some of us seem to forget about the convenient break placed between Halloween and Christmas; Thanksgiving break.

Every family has their traditions, whether it’s watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a family gathering for dinner, or just a quiet night in with your immediate family. Family seems to be a reoccurring trend though during the holiday season.

So why not mix it up a little? Family is more important than anything, but during the holiday in which you look at everything you’re thankful for, why pass up an opportunity to celebrate with friends as well?

It doesn’t take much, whether you meet at Bear Creek Park (if it isn’t too cold), or choose someone in your group’s house to gather at, you can celebrate in numerous ways. And this doesn’t have to transpire on Thanksgiving, as it’s very important to share that day with family. But what about the other days of Thanksgiving break that are spent wasted in front of the TV? It’s a perfect way to spend time with friends and make your break more interesting.

First things first you have to get a group together. Start a group message and see who all will be in town over Thanksgiving. Then decide on food, who will make each dish? Or would you all rather cater? Personally I find it more fun to make dishes to bring, because that way each person contributes with something they put effort into, in order to share and have a fun time with the group.

This Thanksgiving try adding a little more than family to your list of things to be thankful for. “Friendsgiving” is a great way to bring you and your friends closer, and another excuse to eat a ton of good food, which is certainly a bonus to spending time with your friends and family.