Family gathering tips
Family gatherings can bring a special feeling of being surrounded by your relatives. They can also sometimes feel monotonous. Either way, enjoy your day by having a good attitude and becoming a bigger part of your family. Doing so will have you enjoying these trips a lot more.
1. Talk about past memories. These gatherings were fun when you were a kid so bring back some of those memories. Have some conversations from the “good’ol days” with aunts, uncles, and cousins.
2. Get into conversation with your favorite relatives. Maybe you just give them a hug or a hand shake and move on, but you’re missing out on stories and memories that you might very well enjoy.
3. Play some games in the dining area by the pool table or perhaps an area you’ve never ventured into. The conversation is always different when playing a game so make an effort to get other family members to join in with you.
4. Change the subject when tension starts rising. Family has a way of getting too intense sometimes and in an effort to enjoy the gathering, crack a joke or pull one of the members away for some hot chocolate to ease the tension.
5. Exchange phone numbers and emails with cousins you’ve grown distant from. You might have lost your childhood closeness so why not bring that closeness back as adults? If you’re friends on the outside, during family gatherings you’ll feel surrounded by both family and friends.
6. Get some of your favorite recipes to treat the family when you get there. The family will gladly share some recipes with you, perhaps you could even start a “Secret family recipe” book as something fun.
7. Create some new Family Traditions. Create some bonding moments by establishing “traditions” that the family could pass down for hundreds of years after. Make them serious or make them funny. Either way, make them memorable. It could be the family flip a wig where the youngest in the family has to wear the wig of the oldest in the family and run around the dinner table 3 times. Or it could be the annual family dress up where you where your finest clothes and drink orange tea. Why not? It’s tradition.