Here’s why ‘Friendsmas’ trumps Friendsgiving

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As the years go by, it appears that Thanksgiving has become less family-centric and has, instead, been replaced with friend-focused intentions: Hence, Friendsgiving was born!

However, what if you’ve missed the window to effectively execute a Friendsgiving moment or — let’s face it — you simply lost track of time or are no longer in the mood to plan one? Luckily, there’s another major after Turkey Day that’s prime for a friend-centric off-shoot that just may settle your troubles: Christmas.

With that in mind, allow us to introduce the event that we hope to prove is worth your effort: Friendsmas!

In the grand scheme of things, is Friendsmas technically an even better bet to make the most out of your fellowship with your closest mates? To prove this may very well be the case, we present five reasons why you should give the event a try this holiday season or next.

Christmas Tree Decorating

If you celebrate Christmas, one of the moments you likely anticipate most is decorating the tree. While this can be a chore for some, making it a group event seems to be the best way to make it worthwhile — just call it a Friendsmas exclusive.

Get the party started with an artificial pre-lit pencil Christmas tree, perfectly sized for both larger and tighter spaces.

SHOP: North Valley Green Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree with Clear Lights, $102.54

Also, now that you have the star of the show, you need the supporting act: the decorations. Get this 50-count, shatter-resistant ornament set from Target. Simple and chic!

SHOP: 50ct Shatter-Resistant Christmas Ornament Set Red and Gold, $15

Ugly Sweaters

Christmas time is arguably the only time of year when these atrocities are acceptable means of fashion. The uglier, the better, right? At your Friendsmas bash, break the ice before anyone even arrives with a pre-planned ugly sweater contest. With everyone on the same page, there’s no way this can’t be a win.

SHOP: Ugly Christmas Sweater Company Women’s Assorted Light-Up Pullover Xmas Sweaters, $29.99

To show you mean business when everyone arrives, tally the votes with this ballot box, created specifically for the occasion.

SHOP: Juvale Ugly Sweater Contest Ballot Box and Voting Cards Set, $10.99

Friendsmas Food

Whether you’re a top-tier home cook or not great with the oven, the Instant Pot is your one-stop-shop for any group holiday meal. From turkey and cornbread to mashed potatoes and sausage stuffing, this multi-use kitchen device can do it all.

SHOP: Instant Pot Duo Nova 6 Quart 7-in-1 One-Touch Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, $59.95

Make It A Group Effort

Your Holiday memories likely date back to your childhood with your parents or grandparents and may involve decorating cookies, gingerbread houses or some kind of pastry or dessert. So, how about continuing the tradition with friends?

SHOP: VHAUSE 14PCS Christmas Cookie Cutters Stainless Steel Set, $10.97

Holiday Games

Lastly, what would Friendsmas be without some slightly competitive fun? Game choices are subjective, so it’s best to choose what your respective friend group would enjoy. Some of our personal favorites include the Would You Rather Game Book, Cards Against Humanity and the classic — and arguably the official competition-starter — Taboo.

SHOP: Would You Rather Game Book, $5.99

SHOP: Taboo Midnight Board Game, $14.89

SHOP: Cards Against Humanity BB2 Card Game, $15.99

Give Friendsmas a try! You won’t regret it.

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