Treasures on the Shelves: It’s time to talk of Friendsgiving

Published 11:09 am Saturday, November 4, 2023

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Treasures on the Shelves

Connie Krupa

While Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for family, Friendsgiving gives us an opportunity to be thankful for friends. Friendsgiving is a blend of friend and Thanksgiving. It refers to a large meal enjoyed with friends on or near Thanksgiving. Friendsgiving seems to be a relatively recent word. 

The earliest mention of the term is from internet posts in 2007. Since then, it has become a stand alone holiday for many people. Your local library has a great book available for check out. The Thanksgiving Handbook by Emily Stephenson offers many great ideas to help you plan your own Friendsgiving. This handbook presents many useful tips and ideas that will help you through every step of the holiday. It presents three different ways to make turkey, depending on your comfort level, tips for making sure everything is ready on time, and troubleshooting advice for when you need it, and encouragement for everything else. 

Other books we have available may also inspire us to try something this November, including Three Many Cooks: one mom, two daughters: their shared stories of food, faith, and family by Pam Anderson or try Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year by Martina McBride. You may also enjoy Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends. 

No matter what meal you decide on, from pizza to turkey, November is a great time to share with your friends and family and let them know how grateful you are for them. Happy Friendsgiving and Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy! 

Connie Krupa is the children’s program coordinator for the Lunenburg County Public Library System. She can be reached at cckrupa@