Thanksgiving is one of the major national holidays in the United States. It celebrates the blessing of the harvest and symbolizes the beginning days of Christopher Columbus’ journey onto U.S. soil.
Traditionally, families get together and cook a large meal including the staple Thanksgiving dishes: turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Relatives from near and far fly or drive in and all look forward to this annual holiday dedicated to spending time with family.
Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to be with family on this holiday. Some have relocated across the country and a flight home is logistically too difficult or out of budget. Flying over Thanksgiving usually costs twice as much as flying at a non-peak time. Others are planning on coming home for Christmas, so traveling such a long distance a few weeks apart doesn’t make sense. There are people who do have to be back in the office on Friday (Thanksgiving is always on the last Thursday of the month), so they can’t travel either.
Whatever the reason, people all over the country may find themselves very lonely on a day that is meant to achieve the opposite. Because of this, a trend has emerged called “Orphan Thanksgiving,” or, as we wrote about last year, “Friendsgiving.”
It’s no secret that a lot of the people who find themselves “orphaned” over Thanksgiving are widows, divorcees, parents who have relocated, and other mature adults who cannot be with their families at this time. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities to do something special on this day. That’s why it’s so important to us at Stitch to make it as easy and safe as possible for our members to connect with each other and meet new people at any place or time.
We were thrilled to see this year, a group of Stitch Members started organizing their own “Orphan Thanksgiving.” New member Felicia, who recently relocated from Texas to San Francisco, took the first step and suggested the event inside of Stitch’s app, where verified members can coordinate around the activities and interests they love.
If you find that you don’t have family around this Thanksgiving, sign onto Stitch and let your fellow Stitchers know! Like Felicia, you can suggest a dinner or potluck. Other Stitch members love to volunteer. On Thanksgiving, we suggest getting a group together to volunteer at your local mission or shelter. Start the day off with a group breakfast to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then put your feet up and enjoy the Turkey Bowl.
No matter what you do on Thanksgiving, even if you find yourself an “orphan,” remember your blessings and cherish your loved ones. It’s a day to really think about how lucky we all are!