It’s always nice to get family together, but with the people of the world becoming more and more mobile, it is often the case that families are split up across the world and find it difficult to find the time to get together. Nobody wants to lose touch with their nearest and dearest, so rather than making lots of trips to see everyone, why not organize a big family reunion to get everyone back together in the same room?
Things change quickly in life, and you might find that you miss out on a lot of what happens in the lives of your relatives. To make sure you stay on top of everything, make sure you speak regularly, but the family reunion can’t be beaten. Come up with a time suitable for everyone, such as over the summer or after Christmas when people are likely to be at home, and then decide where it will take place. If you have elderly or less mobile relatives, it might be a nice idea to hold it there.
Get in touch with everyone and agree on a date, and ensure that everyone books their tickets as soon as possible. Also decide whether or not your reunion will take place at a venue, and if so where that will be. If you need to, organize a budget and decide who will pay for what. If not, find out if someone is willing to host the reunion, but bear in mind that everyone will need somewhere to stay either at the house or nearby.
As the organizer, you could prepare by sending over some supplies. For instance, if you are holding the reunion in Moscow with your Russian grandparents, send a parcel to Russia in advance containing some decorations and old family photos so that you don’t have to carry it in your luggage. That way, your grandparents could do some decorating before everyone arrives, or you can help them when you get there.
Make sure you know exactly who is coming. Some people might want to bring partners, for instance, while others will prefer to leave them at home with the children. This way, everyone knows what to expect and the hosts or the venue will know how many people to prepare for. Don’t forget to take a camera or a video camera to get some great shots of the whole family together, and you can distribute these by post or email after the event so that everyone can relive the fun family reunion.