Lititz, PA

Friendsgiving = Thanksgiving without Family Drama. There's one at Rock Lititz this Saturday

Melissa Frost

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Thanksgiving with family can be a wonderful thing. It can also be exhausting, and from time to time, there may be some family drama. This is what makes Friendsgiving such an awesome invention, whoever came up with it. It is simply friends gathering for a Thanksgiving meal, spending quality time together. Friendsgiving is one of the best, and most laid-back events of the year.

Board games + food

This Saturday, November 20th, there's one at Rock Candy in Lititz, PA. To celebrate the season, GAME Lancaster is hosting their Fifth Annual Friendsgiving. GAME is a group for people who love games of all kinds, as well as the sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book culture. Their mission is simply to bring people of all backgrounds together over a mutual love of games.

Their six-hour event held at Rock Lititz's co-working space named Rock Candy is open for everyone who enjoys games and a social get-together. They will celebrate the season with favorite board games, and all participants are welcome to bring a game or two.

The dinner is a potluck, and everyone attending is asked to bring one item, this can be any side, drink, pies, whatever you feel should be included in a Thanksgiving holiday meal, plus $3 to help cover the rental cost of the venue.

There's plenty of parking on-site.

Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

Lancaster Vegan Meetup is hosting a Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck in Lancaster, PA, on the same day, November 20.

This free event is for veggie lovers that enjoys getting together to share the love of plant-based food, animals, the environment and great conversation. Newly vegan and vegetarians are welcome. This group is all about meeting up with like-minded vegetarians and vegans, and supporting one another in their health and wellness journey.

Participants should bring a dish to share and join the fun as the group enjoy the holiday season of giving thanks while gathering over plant-based holiday dishes.

Informal replacement

Friendsgiving is something that has become increasingly popular over the past decade. According to Merriam-Webster, the word first appeared around 2007 as an informal replacement for the holiday that's often spent with family.

Today, Friendsgiving is often a full-on Thanksgiving meal, almost like a second Thanksgiving meal. You'll find how-to guides on how to host a perfect Friendsgiving, what to cook, and so on. But when Friendsgiving first became a thing, it was used to describe something way more informal than the traditional turkey meal.

At the heart of it, it still is. It is friends gathering over a meal to enjoy the season of giving thanks.

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