What Can We Do to Make Family Reunions More Fun?

7 years ago
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This is a family reunion?!

Where is the family?!

My family has been gathering together at the same reunion for 38 years now. The only problem is, the reunion gets smaller and smaller every year.

Anyone that knows me or reads my blog understands that family is very important to me. I love spending time with my family, hearing about days gone by and planning what's next in our life adventures. That's why you know it's bad when even I think the reunion is a drag. I mean, I try to have fun everywhere I go... this is bad.

IMG_0583Around 75% of those in attendance are 65 or older. Our reunion is always held the second Saturday of June and they all prefer air conditioning. We all bring a dish for a pot luck meal, which is getting worse every year!

Then we start the meeting... this is where the real fun starts. No one wants to listen, everyone talks during the meeting, the President yells to try to get everyone's attention and nothing ever really gets accomplished. After the meeting, I try to squeeze in a treasure hunt to have some sort of activity. Depending on how many people show up this goes over very well. I say squeeze in because the current reunion leaders and the older folks don't like the treasure hunt; it puts the auction behind schedule.

Ahhh, the auction. Allow me to explain.

While an auction at a reunion is not a bad idea, it is when everyone is cheap! The auction items are donations from attendees (remember the age of most of our attendees). They are "left over from the yard sale," "I found this in the closet," "no one else wanted this so I thought I would bring it" auction items. If you do bring something nice you might as well give it away. Most items sell for 25 cents to five dollars, even if you paid ten dollars for it on the way there. We are talking about the people that just brought in a half full bottle of perfume from 1980 to donate to the auction. They will not be paying more than a dollar for anything!

Once the auction has finally ended (after practically giving away the items that didn't get bid on the first time around), it's BINGO time! By now there are 10-15 people left who endured the never ending auction just for their love of BINGO.

Once the day is over and clean up is done, we place another "successful" reunion in the memory books.

Does this sound familiar?

What activities do you do at your family reunion to make it interesting and fun? I need any suggestions you can give, let's hear it. This could help a lot of families so share all your ideas.

Photo Credit: labellavida.

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