Away from families, ASU Havasu students celebrate ‘Friendsgiving’
It’s not always easy to be home for the holidays, especially for students at ASU Havasu. Lake Havasu City may be a playground for college students throughout March and April, but in calm November, the region remains hundreds of miles away from the nearest national airport. Some students — whether by distance or lack of traveling money – are stuck here. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner of their own.
“Friendsgiving” is a recent national trend among Millennials, joining friends in celebration of the holiday when family may not be available. About 15 ASU Havasu students gathered at the campus’s student center in a Tuesday Friendsgiving dinner, organized by student worker Abbie Anderson.
“We decided to do a Friendsgiving dinner for students who aren’t able to get home and be with their families,” Anderson said. “They could still have that family atmosphere, and it was a nice dinner.”
The event featured turkey, fried chicken, stuffing, rolls, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce – in addition to Christmas movies, ping pong and games of foosball.
After two years at ASU Havasu, Anderson will graduate this December with a degree in communications. “I love it,” Anderson said. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. We were able to have a traditional kind of dinner, and it made me feel less lonely. I loved it.”
Friendsgiving is an idea popularized by the sitcom, “Friends,” but has seen growing participation in recent years. It’s often observed a week before the Thanksgiving holiday, although the event doesn’t have any strict guidelines.
“Nowadays friends are more considered family, themselves,” Anderson said. “People can sit down and be grateful for their friends as well as their family. I think it’s awesome.”