You never really know someone until you live with them and once that happens, you become family. While Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite excuses to come home and spend time with parents and grandparents, Friendsgiving is when most people spend with their chosen family.
Common sponsors monthly outings for our members in each neighborhood to get to know one another. We also support our members when they want to plan their own events. This month, our MLE (member-led event) went to two neighborhood-wide Friendsgiving dinners. Our house leaders helped organize and the dates were set.
Last weekend, both coasts (San Francisco and NYC) got together to host a grand Friendsgiving meal. In NYC, Williamsburg came to Crown Heights and everyone prepared something. Many members from Williamsburg got to see our Crown Heights homes for the first time and meet their friends from Slack in person. Members also invited their friends to join via Facebook and many a meme were shared.
In San Francisco, our members from the Common Valencia home came to the Common Minna home for dinner and holiday decorating. They even stepped it up a notch mid-decorating to give us this Mannequin Challenge gem:
While Thanksgiving is a primarily American holiday, our international members excitedly joined in. Dominique from London prepared gorgeous desserts and a mac and cheese dish to write home about. Members loved the mac and cheese, that was mostly just cheese with little bits of pasta throughout. Farid from the Netherlands, brought a taste of home to the table with his Appleflappen.
Another variation? Members watched soccer (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid) instead of football.
One of our members, not from America, was really excited to attend a real American Friendsgiving. “We did a Friendsgiving thing in Australia, but we didn’t really know what we were doing.” said Alice from our Williamsburg home. Zoran, also from Australia, enjoyed his first Friendsgiving too, adding “it was cool to see everyone pitch in. It was massive, loads of people came, and it was nice to see the homes coming together.”
Of course, the standard turkeys made an appearance along with pecan pies, and donuts too. Cole made some “really cool blanched greens and fried em up with garlic,” according to Alice from Williamsburg. A fun feature? Members threw up a video of a crackling fire to set the homey mood.
Check out these fantastic photos below:
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