Forget Thanksgiving. It’s time to celebrate all that we’ve been given by T. Hanks.
T. Hanks-giving is a wonderful pre- post- or alterna-Thanksgiving celebration that gives thanks to Tom Hanks, Patron Saint of American Film.
No one is quite sure where this mysterious holiday got its start. A quick internet search indicates that the pun really started to catch its footing in 2011 and 2012. Sometimes shortened as Hanksgiving, it’s a perfect thing for that awkward time on Thanksgiving Eve when everyone’s gathered together but no one has anything to do. It’s also a wonderful alternative to Black Friday or something fun to do with your framily if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
If you tend to watch any television during Thanksgiving time, you’ve probably participated in this holiday ritual without even realizing! Many Tom Hanks movies are the exact sort of feel-good stuff that TV networks push during the season.
So why not make it A Thing? Here’s how to throw your own T. Hanks-giving…
Simply choose one — or more! — T. Hanks movies for everyone to enjoy. Since it’s a holiday, I suggest sticking to more lighthearted fare (there’s no crying in T.Hanks-giving!), but that’s up to you and your guests. Just be sure to choose a movie that will be appropriate for all of your guests, and mindful of any content that might not sit well with them.
You can plan snacks around the theme of your film choice, or around the impressive career of the man himself. Puns are heavily encouraged! Sleepless in Se-apple Pie? The Polar Espresso? Turner’s Hooch? A Legume of Their Own? Joe Versus the Jalapeño? Catch Me If You Yam?
In terms of décor, nothing echoes the elegance and beauty of this celebration like lots of printed out pictures of Tom Hanks’ face. You can add in details that echo the film, like toys scattered everywhere as a nod to Toy Story or Big.
Finally, prepare your guests for the evening they are about to enjoy. Invite everyone and let them know the dress code and the films you’ll be enjoying. For an added Tom Hanks touch, type your invitations (he’s an avid collector of typewriters, because of course he is).