In the late '90s, the Armour and Durbin families decided not to travel to visit extended family for Thanksgiving. Little did they know that would be the start of a new Friendsgiving tradition that brings the entire Live Oaks neighborhood together for a unique holiday celebration.
Nineteen years ago, two couples living on Live Oak Street in Old Seagrove found themselves alone at Thanksgiving.
The couples -- Jim and Lucy Armour and Steve and Wendy Durbin -- decided that instead of celebrating Thanksgiving with family that year, they would celebrate Friendsgiving.
"We all had teens and we were Thanksgiving orphans," said Wendy.
The Armours and Durbins invited other neighbors to bring a dish and come join them in the Durbin's courtyard.
That first year, there were about 15 Live Oak residents who did just that.
The next year, there were a few more.
The teens are now adults and have children of their own, but they return every Thanksgiving for the tradition.
"Everyone brings a little of everything and their favorite dish. There's always plenty of food, and it has never rained on us," said Wendy.
The Friendsgiving is held in the street now, which is blocked off for the event.
All the desserts are placed on the Durbins' front porch and the main dishes are placed on the Armours' front porch.
"We don't tell anyone what to bring and it works out," said Wendy. "We have casseroles of everything. We make it like we're at home with flowers and tablecloths, real dishes and silverware."
This year, the Durbins' family came in from Ohio to join them. The number of people varies from year to year.
This Thanksgiving Day was the 19th Live Oaks Friendsgiving as it has become a tradition that residents of the street and their families look forward to each year.
"We're still here and carrying on the tradition. It's a historical thing for Live Oak," she said.