Because we live in a hyperbole-loving society (of which I’m definitely guilty of overusing), people tend to lean heavily on the scales for whether friends or family are better.

Meh. I don’t think either one is better than the other, if you step waaaay back and look at the whole, big picture. Each certainly has its perks, but there are strong arguments for both camps.

We are knee-deep in the holiday season, and many of us are probably already chin-deep in family time. Depending on which way you lean, that could be good or bad. Again, that’s another debate for another day. This is a season built with family at its heart, and maybe family takes up a good bit of your holiday schedule, but this season is also important for friendships.

I’m lucky to have a strong group of local friends – that’s something that, when I moved from Ohio to North Carolina almost 11 years ago, I didn’t see for myself in this new, foreign land. We’re spread around the area with up to 45 minutes in between houses, but we stay close throughout the day with our never-ending text messages.

Some of us have lots of local family, some do not; some of us have kids with their own set of scheduled activities and get-togethers, some do not; some of us work outside the home, some do not. All of us are busy, and all of us need time together to reset, reconnect and shake off all the stress that comes from spending time with the people you’re born/married with.

Let’s face it. No matter what, people you choose to spend time with – whether they’re your favorite blood relatives or they’re your favorite people who were once strangers – are people you love.

My friends and I just celebrated our own Friendsgiving the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and today, we marked our calendars for a very merry Friendsmas.

Netflix loves friends, too. Like, REALLY love friends. In mere days, we’re going to have Chandler, Joey, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe and Ross streaming into our homes 24/7. No more hoping to catch a rerun on TV. No more searching through discs trying to find The One With _________. I. Cannot. Wait. (Hyperbole, see?)

While I do, in fact, wait, my other favorite friends on Netflix this past month come from Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Wayne’s World, My Girl, (the original) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Sesame Street (Netflix has recently added A BUNCH of SS episodes), and ETC’s old standby, Daniel Tiger.

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One Response to Friendsgiving – celebrating the family you choose

  1. Laila says:

    Well, I live in Indonesia and we don’t celebrate thanksgiving. But your post is beautifully written I think and brings smile to my face imagining the holiday season you north people are having now, being together with family and friends.

    And speaking of film, as I also watch the ones you write (with subtitle). To me your friendship is like ‘sex and the city’, :-)

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