Family Reunion: Everything You Need To Know To Plan Unforgettable Get-togethers

Paperback | July 1, 1998

byJennifer Crichton

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Today more than ever, American families are scattered to the wind. Yet perhaps for this very reason, families have also been getting together for reunions in unprecedented numbers.

Planning a reunion is a pleasurable but complicated undertaking that requires foresight and planning, and here to assist is Family Reuinion, an indispensable guide and sourcebook that shows how to organize and conduct four basic reunions: a Backyard Barbecue for siblings and cousins, a Homecoming Weekend, an Extended Family Reunion, and a Family Camp, which typically lasts a week and gathers up to 100 participants.

Accessible and packed with ideas and information, the book shows how to create a workable timetable (18 months before a large reunion is not too soon to start planning), organize a committee, and set up a fund for expenses (and to help less-well-off members attend). There are chapters on location, including little-known church camps and family resorts; on scheduling activities for kids and adults, day and evening; on genealogy; on recording the event; and even on etiquette, including how to handle black sheep, in-laws, and stepchildren. With case studies of real-life reunions and duotone photographs throughout, this is the book that helps us connect.

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Friendly and informative, this idea-packed guide shows how to plan a family reunion, including timetables, locations, activities, goals, and more. Photos

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Today more than ever, American families are scattered to the wind. Yet perhaps for this very reason, families have also been getting together for reunions in unprecedented numbers. Planning a reunion is a pleasurable but complicated undertaking that requires foresight and planning, and here to assist is Family Reuinion, an indispensab...

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PLAN UNFORGETTABLE GET-TOGETHERS "The first generation tries to preserve, the second generation tries to forget, and the third generation tries to remember," writes Ted Solotaroff of the urge to connect with family, to honor the past and celebrate continuity in a quintessential American ritual--the Famil...

Jennifer Crichton's work has most recently appeared in Parents magazine. She is also the author of Delivery: A Nurse-Midwife's Story. Inspiration for this book came when she helped her cousin Jean organize a reunion of 125 Crichtons.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Workman Publishing Co

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ISBN - 10:0761105859

ISBN - 13:9780761105855

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TEN COMMANDMENTS OF REUNION ETIQUETTE A reunion isn't controlled by protocol, as a wedding is. And each family cultivates its own idiosyncrasies. Still, a few laws do govern family reunions-natural, underlying laws that must be followed lest the world be thrown into chaos and confusion. And we don't want that. So, with the help of Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners, we've drawn up the following Commandments. 1. Thou shalt not forget thine ordinary mannes nor thy common civility, just because thou art amongst thy brothers and sisters. 2. Thou shalt tolerate the tiresome relative (at least for a little while). 3. Thou shalt not play footsie with a distant cousin or thy cousin's spouse. 4. Sniping and carping about a reunions' lack of organization is an abomination. 5. Thou shalt orchestrate spontaneous praise unto the reunion organizer. 6. Thou shalt not talk about everything under the sun. Agree to disagree, and steer clear of such topics as the Vietnam War (now and forever), abortion rights, gay marriage, gun control, Waco. 7. Parents shall not use intimate details of their kids' lives as conversational fodder. (Boasts of children's accomplishments are acceptable, but parents shall be discreet in their phrasing and timing.) 8. Thou shalt not reveal devastating family secrets about thyself or others unless thou hast arranged therapeutic support systems. 9. Thou shalt not publicly criticize the bad manners or poor behavior of any child not thine own. 10. Thou shalt flatter thy kinfolk-falsely or not. All nieces tap dance divinely, all babies are beautiful, and all aunts look wonderful as ever. Excerpted from Family Reunion. Copyright (c) 1998. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.

Table of Contents

Celebrating the Family

The Ritual of Recognition

Gearing Up

Location, Location, Location

The Family Story

The Family Tree

Fantastic Family Food

Families Who Play Together

The Main Event

Family Dynamics

Capturing the Moment

The Unbroken Circle

Appendix

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Friendly and informative, this idea-packed guide shows how to plan a family reunion, including timetables, locations, activities, goals, and more. Photos