11/27/2013 09:13 am ET Updated Apr 04, 2014

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.

The Joys Of Friendsgiving

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