Ten Tips for Planning the Family Reunion
It won’t be much longer and it will be time to meet up with the family at the reunion. Here are some ideas that might be helpful in planning the reunion.
1. Match young and old up together to do a job. If an elder has been making the arrangements for the location, it is now time to show a younger family member or two how it is done. This helps the reunion to continue.
2. Select a day and stick to it. This way everyone knows the day the reunion is on and they can plan vacations, PTO, get travel tickets in advance, and show up on time.
3. Try to avoid holidays. Sometimes this works but sometimes it will not.
4. Consider planning the reunion near the same time another event is going to happen. This way, those traveling in can go to the reunion and still see the fair, festival, or convention.
5. Memory lane. Create self-driving or walking tours for families to visit where love ones are buried, lived, and younger members can learn the history.
6. Collect and share health histories. Did you know that Grandma had…? Maybe not. This information can be very important to younger families.
7. Respect. Set a respect zone. Not every family is perfect and gets a long 100% of the time. Agree to disagree but be respectful.
8. This is a good time to share the genealogy. Smartphones, flash drives, and applications make it easy to copy original photos, save pedigrees, and save stories to be passed down.
9. Fun. If the reunion isn’t fun, no one isn’t going to come back. Make t-shirts, wear t-shirts to sign, play games, pass down recipes, and even do family demonstrations on how things were made by someone that remembers.
10. Give younger kids recording devices and send them around to older family members. Have them ask about when they were young and what happen when they got in trouble. It will be a living history lesson that younger family members will not get in school. Then the stories can be shared among the family.
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