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10 Reasons Why 'Friendsgiving' Is Awesome (GIFs)

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"Friendsgiving" is officially a thing. The concept -- celebrating Thanksgiving with your friends -- is nothing new, but the term has become commonplace in just the past few years.

This November, it feels like everyone is having a "Friendsgiving." And why shouldn't they? Friendsgiving is awesome. You get to kick back with your friends, most likely avoid hectic holiday travel, and enjoy all the great parts of Turkey Day without the usual family stress.

Some people aren't crazy about the name "Friendsgiving," however. As Kat Kinsman explains on Eatocracy, the term is at best kind of annoying, and at worst laden with inherent biases. It's a mediocre portmanteau -- "it doesn't roll off the tongue like 'turducken' or 'cronut' or 'spork'" -- it has become a marketing device, and it suggests a Thanksgiving with friends is inferior to one celebrated with family -- that it's "somehow not a real Thanksgiving."

However you feel about it, the term "Friendsgiving" is in full force this year. Students are celebrating it, Taco Bell hosted a Friendsgiving feast, and everyone from Whole Foods to Buzzfeed is offering advice on how to host the perfect potluck.

Whatever you want to call it, here are a few reasons why Friendsgiving rocks.

  • You don't have to be on your best behavior.
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  • It's a great time to make new friends.
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  • You're allowed to drink as much as you want.
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  • Seriously.
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  • You can let loose.
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  • You can learn to cook.
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  • You can go to town and no one will judge.
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  • It's the perfect time to tell your friends how much they mean to you.
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  • You can introduce new foods without skepticism from your family.
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  • You're allowed to get overly excited.
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