Today is the day after Thanksgiving, a day that traditionally sits with that week between Christmas and the New Year, and that last week of August before school starts; the forgotten vacation. The time when college students watch television and wonder, vaguely, if there’s something they should be reading.

It is, after all, the first vacation. But because the holiday occurs at two days the end of the week, it’s often hard for students attending college far from home to get together with their families. That usually meant spending America’s sacred patriotic family holiday watching pro football with your roommate’s dad.

But according to an article in the Boston Globe, international and out-of state students at UMass Boston can choose to spend Thanksgiving with a Boston family the school finds. According to the article:

Matching students with hosts isn’t as easy as it would seem. Both the hosts and the students must submit applications, which are scrutinized by university staff for potential clashes, such as religious restrictions or allergies, not only to certain types of food but to pets that hosts may have in their homes.

This, interestingly, is more planning than usually goes into thinking through potential conflicts at normal family Thanksgivings. The UMass program has paired up between 10 and 25 students with Boston families each year since the program began.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer