The holidays are a joyous and festive time to be with friends and family. With so much to be thanks for and so many reasons to celebrate, an increasing number of people are expanding their holiday traditions to include as many family members as possible. While it’s customary for people to spend Thanksgiving with their families, many groups of friends are also gathering in the weeks leading up to the holiday to spend time together in a tradition known as Friendsgiving.
Maryann had spent two weeks arranging her Friendsgiving and was looking forward to spending the evening with her closest friends. The date for the event was scheduled for November 19, 2021, just one week before Thanksgiving. Maryann held a group chat with a few of her friends where they planned everything for their wonderful night together. Everything seemed to be going according to plan, as Maryann had decked her entire basement with fall decorations and prepared a large lunch for everyone to enjoy.
Unfortunately, one of the most important components of her dinner was missing: her pals. Nobody replied to their group chat messages, and no one bothered to show up. Maryann was heartbroken.
When she was left completely alone, she summoned her lover, Christian, and told him about the tragic scenario. He recorded the empty Friendsgiving and posted it to TikTok, where it went viral almost immediately. In an unexpected turn of events, Maryann appeared to be getting the Friendsgiving she had wished for.
Maryann had been arranging her Friendsgiving for weeks and was disappointed when her friends didn’t show up, according to the New York Post. Christian, her partner, posted a video of the sorrowful event on TikTok, which quickly went viral, collecting over 15 million views.
“My partner was very eager for her first Friendsgiving but no one showed up,” Christian revealed on TikTok. She decorated the entire basement and prepared an enormous amount of food. I’m trying everything I can to cheer her up, but it’s not working.” He scanned the area and noticed a huge table with no place settings.
A few days later, Christian gave an update on TikTok, explaining that Maryann just assumed her friends were running late that day until it hit the three-hour mark and she realized no one was going to show up. He did, however, admit that Maryann had received the Friendsgiving she deserved.
He had asked his own pals to come over and fill the empty seats before he went over to her apartment. Christian stated, “They were more than generous enough to come.” “They all showed up and brought gifts.” It was as though she had her own Friendsgiving, with a joyful ending.” Maryann appeared in the video as well, explaining that she had cut ties with those who had not attended her Friendsgiving.
Both TikToks attracted a lot of attention and comments, with other users praising Christian for being such a wonderful partner. Several individuals also stated that they would gladly be Maryann’s buddy. “How can I apply to be her friend?” one individual wondered. “She just made 1000-plus actual pals on here,” another added.
Christian told the New York Post that the Friendsgiving was planned months in advance. He stated, ”
“I’m heartbroken for her. My daughter and her friends decided to hold a Friendsgiving two weeks in advance, and they had been organizing for two weeks. Everything was planned, and everything was fixed – the day, the time, and everything.
They were all going to show up.”
Maryann also remarked on how the night did not go as planned, yet she was still able to enjoy herself:
“But it was a fantastic night, with his friends and brother in attendance. We had a wonderful experience. They brought drinks and other goodies, and it was a good time. I was upset at first, but it turned out to be a fantastic evening.”
According to the New York Post, one TikTok commentator pointed out that Maryann’s ‘friends’ weren’t really deserving of her benevolence. As one commenter put it:
“This was good preparation, Sweetheart, for when you have people who are deserving of you and your hosting abilities.”
According to The Atlantic, ‘Friendsgiving’ is a popular fad among millennials, to the point where it has been ingrained in the annual Thanksgiving celebration. While there is no formal date for Friendsgiving, Atlantic writer Ashley Fetters noted that the celebration follows a pattern:
“Usually the weekend before Thanksgiving or the weekend before.”
Fetters also discussed how magazines and other areas of popular culture have welcomed the new custom, with “Friendsgiving host guides” being published.
Despite the fact that there is no official etiquette for the new occasion, Maryann’s visitors were far from respectful.
Nonetheless, we’re glad she was able to enjoy the evening with her boyfriend’s buddies.