• Melissa Rosales

Friendsgiving: Expanding On Tradition

Updated: Dec 21, 2019

Link to audio story: https://www.wgbh.org/news/lifestyle/2019/11/22/friendsgiving-expanding-on-tradition


As production intern at WGBH's Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, I booked the guests, pre-interviewed them, and wrote the web post.

Family gatherings are the heart of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday, but a growing number of Americans now enjoy a November tradition embracing friends. Foxys_forest_manufacture/Getty Images/iStockphoto

For millions of Americans, Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday, the once a year family gathering celebrated with turkey and all the trimmings. But this year a number of people are forgoing the Thanksgiving holiday, instead embracing a new November tradition. Friendsgiving is a twist on the traditional turkey day, a celebration of friends by friends, and it's more popular than ever.


Guests: Anne Blue Wills — Professor of religion at Davidson College.

Abi Harper — UTR listener, massage therapist and annual Friendsgiving celebrator.

Jaime Bonney — Chaplain resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and friend of Abi. Abi and Jaime have been celebrating Friendsgiving together for the past five years.

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