The earliest record of a Friendsgiving Party dates back to 2007. Friendsgiving is a blend of friend and Thanksgiving, and it refers to a large meal eaten with friends either on or near Thanksgiving. A Friendsgiving Party is a fun-filled feast full of friends, music, and lots of pie. Whether you live in a city and are too far away from home—or are just looking for an excuse to stuff your face with more stuffing—then a Friendsgiving is the perfect holiday for you.
Hubby and I were fortunate enough to be invited for the first time, to a Friendsgiving Party this past weekend. Each party attendee had to bring a hot Thanksgivng-themed dish and a present. At first I was a little hesitant to go to this party BUT once DH and I got there, we had a blast! The party was small, about 20 people, so it was easy to spend time with each person there and get to know them better. By the end of the evening, we had exchanged phone numbers with most everyone with plans to get together again in the very near future.
One of the planned events of the evening was the gift exchange. Everyone brought a gift, which was placed in the center of the room. Each of us were given a number and when our number was called, we picked out a wrapped present, opened it and displayed it in front of our seat. Then we picked numbers again and when called we got to choose one of the displayed gifts. I’m certain this was meant to be comical, but I’m not so certain.
On the first round, I picked up a wrapped box that held a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card inside. I was elated to get the gift card because I absolutely LOVE Dunkin’ Donuts, especially their Pumpkin Spice lattes (which are too expensive for me to devour). When we did the second round, sure enough, this women grabbed my gift card and exchanged it with a candle holder. I don’t do candles and I was upset when I ‘lost’ my Dunkin’ gift card.
So, on the third round when we were given numbers yet once again, I quickly reclaimed ‘my’ Dunkin’ gift card when my number was called. As I was taking the gift card out of the woman’s hands and giving her back her candle holder, I could see a glint of sadness in her eyes. Nonetheless, I played the game, and got back the gift card. The game was called ‘over’ and that was the end of that.
But was it? Something told me that the woman either wanted or needed that Dunkin’ gift card way more than I did. So, I walked over to her and handed her back the Dunkin’ Donut $20 gift card. “Here“, I said “I want you to have this gift card. Something is telling me to do this” and I placed the card back inside her hands. The woman was overjoyed and couldn’t thank me enough. My husband told the woman that he was shocked I would give up a Dunkin’ card because I just love Dunkin’ Donuts so much. In the end, I didn’t accept any gift from anyone. It is truly better to give than to receive. I felt I did the right thing and I made someone very happy. That alone, was the best gift I could have received. Isn’t that what friends are for?