Wednesday, April 6, 2016
E is for Event
When proposing dates for your Event, take into consideration the following:
Scheduling your reunion for June, July or August is the logical choice as children are typically on break from school during the summer months. As year round school becomes more common, you may also want to consider Thanksgiving, spring break, or even New Year’s as convenient times for a family reunion.
It all depends on how many family members you wish to gather in one place at one time. My sister’s in-laws have a very large family reunion every other year in the summer, and have up to 100 people in attendance. There are at any time up to five generations of family members present at this reunion due to the family’s longevity, the matriarch having lived to be over 100 years old. The summer break from school seems to work well for them, given the large numbers of children participating.
My husband’s step-mom has been invited to reunions that are just for the “older” members of the family. This is great for adult siblings and cousins who grew up together. They can catch up on each other’s lives without the excitement of little ones running about. That type of event can be scheduled for just about any time of the year, particularly if the family members are retired. No school or work schedules to contend with!
If you are keeping the reunion to just the immediate family, such as parents, siblings, spouses and children, Thanksgiving might be a good time to gather. Many families with small children like to have their own celebrations at Christmas so they can have all the decorations, tree and present opening Christmas Day, so that particular holiday may not be the best choice. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when families gather together anyway, so why not make a special effort to include EVERYONE in your birth family and their children at that time?
In contrast, families with mostly teenagers may try for spring break so cousins can catch up with each other at a time when most teens and college age students like to “party.” Arranging an event at that time will appeal to them and hold more excitement rather than dragging them away from summer jobs and time spent with other friends for what they might consider a “boring” family reunion.
For those retired folks I mentioned earlier, how about a reunion over New Year’s? It’s a perfect time to have a great New Year’s Eve celebration with your family, those special people you’ve known for years, followed by a leisurely brunch, New Year’s Day parades and sports on TV and more visiting well into the night.
No matter what holiday or summer month you choose for your reunion, start planning now. Your event won’t happen unless you take the initiative to schedule it in.