While Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate family, it’s also one of the most stressful holidays of the year. After all, even if you love your family members, that doesn’t always mean you like them— especially when extended family comes into the mix. I’ve been lucky both in that Thanksgiving at my house has always just been my immediate family and that we get on swimmingly with the extended family who comes to visit throughout the rest of the year. But alas, that’s not the case for many other families all across these dubiously United States.
In comes Friendsgiving, the only holiday to arise in direct opposition to its predecessor. This holiday is about celebrating your friends, your found family. These are the people you chose to bring into your life. When it comes to the likelihood of drama, you’re probably less likely to find it among the people you’ve chosen than among those to which you’re merely related. After all, you’re choosing friends who complement your personality, not who share your genes (though that doesn’t mean you can’t invite some of them too!).
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is about those chosen people— or rather, those chosen characters. But what characters would I invite to my Friendsgiving? Which ones would I choose to be part of my found family? Well, let’s gather ‘round the dinner table and find out:
- Kell Maresh from Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
You guys know Kell is my son. So, naturally, he’s invited to every event I host. I feel like we could be could friends because we’re both introverts, but also like to have fun every once in a while. But, perhaps more importantly, Kell also deserves to be appreciated and shown love. I will shower him with pride and affection. Hell, I’ll make him the goddamn guest of honor. Someone needs to show him he’s not an outsider. He’s wanted and he’s loved— loved with the force of four parallel Londons.
- Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Though Harry is my HP favorite character, Ginny is my main bitch. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up dating by the end of the night. We both know what’s it’s like to be a closeted lesbian plagued by compulsory heterosexuality (shut up, Joanne). I also think Ginny and I could make good friends because we’d have good banter and she’d help pull me out of my shell. We’d protect each other. Besides all that, she’s fun and brassy. She’d help keep the evening lively. After all, anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
- Oliver Marks from If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Oliver is such a genuinely good and loyal friend, he deserves to be celebrated. He can be a bit oblivious, which I can see leading to laughs throughout the dinner. He’s a chill guy and I think hanging out with him would feel easy. There would be— ironically— no drama. We could also bond over our mutual love of Shakespeare. Oliver is just a softie who loves his friends and I want to take the evening to make sure he knows his secretly-also-soft friends love him too. Tonight, we’ll be each other’s heroes.
- Theta Knight from The Diviners by Libba Bray
Ms. Knight is another guest who is sure to keep us all entertained over the course of the evening. While her fellow Diviners character Evie O’Niell is also a good choice for a fun dinner guest, Evie isn’t always the most reliable friend. Theta, on the other hand, is. She also knows when it’s time to focus on the important things. She’s a good friend to have around when things get honest, especially surrounded by others who agree honesty about our traumas and struggles can be hard. And Theta needs friends who understand her in that way, but who also aren’t afraid to call her out on her bullshit. All in all, I think Theta would make a divine dinner guest.
- Julian Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
I have to be real with you guys— I don’t really know if Julian is the best person to bring to a get-together like this. He’s not as carefree or fun with people outside his family. But I’m going to bring him anyway, and I’m going to coax out his inner social butterfly. We’ll get him bantering like he did with his family about which Avenger is the hottest. At any rate, I think he and I could become good friends. We’d both do anything for our younger siblings. We’re slow to trust, but when someone earns our trust it’s ironclad. I also think we could come up with some clever plans and schemes together. In the end, there’s nothing artificial about my love for Commander Julian Blackthorn.
What characters would you invite to your Friendsgiving? Tell me about them in the comments!