“It’s Thanksgiving and we should not want to be together, together!”

Men and women sitting around a holiday table giving a toast
‘The One With The Late Thanksgiving’, (Season 10, epis. #226), Courtesy: Everett Collection

If you find yourself identifying with this quote from the ‘90s sitcom Friends around the holidays, then it might be time to think about revamping your Thanksgiving traditions. In recent years, Friendsgiving has changed the game, making the holiday more about the people around the table.

According to Emily Post, Friendsgiving is turning the Thanksgiving holiday into more of a Thanksgiving season bringing friends, colleagues and others who may not traditionally celebrate together. We love that Friendsgiving can be celebrated as a pre-feast before parting ways for the holidays or for Thanksgiving Day itself! However, Friendsgiving can also come with its own set of added expectations and pressures. Don’t get stuck in second gear. We’ll be here for you!

Getting your friends in on the meal prep can make the holidays less intimidating and, frankly, way more fun. Try hosting a potluck where each dinner guest chips in by preparing their favorite family recipe. Just beware of the friend that offers to bring a “traditional English trifle.”

When cooking for a smaller group, use a turkey breast or turkey tenderloin to recreate your favorite traditional dishes on a smaller scale without sacrificing delicious flavor. For added flare, dust off the Instant Pot you got for Christmas last year (and hasn’t been touched since) and give this crispy, juicy turkey breast recipe a whirl.

Finally, if you don’t have a Joey in the group to finish off the turkey in his Thanksgiving pants, you can get creative with the leftovers. A Moist Maker sandwich stacked with turkey breast, stuffing and cranberry sauce will be the lunch envy of the office. Just don’t forget to label it!

Whether you’re more of a Monica, a Ross or even a Phoebe, make this Friendsgiving about the ones sitting around the table. And don’t forget the turkey!