Gen Y Shares Their Thanksgiving Plans And What They’re Grateful For This Year

It’s almost Thanksgiving and Millennials can’t contain their excitement! We checked in with 538 13-34-year-olds the past few days to hear how they’ll be celebrating the holiday, as well as what they’re most thankful for this year. And as to be expected, they’re grateful for a lot, most notably their family and friends who are their support system. They’re eager to celebrate the holiday, which is a favorite for many, both because they get to spend time with their loved ones and because of the food. The ways in which they spend the holiday, the traditions they participate in, and what they’ll be giving thanks for this year provides insights into this generation and what they value the most.

Millennials are extremely close with their family, so it makes sense that they’re most thankful for them. Unlike previous generations, young people view their parents as close friends, and because of that, they like hanging out with their parents (perhaps in moderation though!) In today’s economy, it’s quite common for young people to move back home with their parents, so Millennials are more appreciative than ever of their Mom and Dad’s help, both emotionally and financially. Several “boomerang” Millennials mentioned that they’re glad to have gotten closer to their parents since returning to their childhood home, highlighting a trend wherein parents and kids continue to become closer. Their parents have believed in them and made them feel special their whole lives, and Millennials are appreciative to have their parents as pals. Gen Y is also grateful for their extended family, including their grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and many are excited about the holiday because they will get to see these loved ones.

It’s no surprise that friends are also extremely important to Millennials who do…


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