Friday, May 13, 2005

How To Avoid Ruining A Family Reunion

ESTES PARK, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re organizing a family reunion and want to ensure the largest attendance, don’t be afraid to use shame.

According to Laurie Van Horn, who runs an annual event called Family Reunion University in Estes Park, Colorado, that’s the trick that one man used when he was getting little response for a proposed reunion.

He sent a postcard announcing the reunion was canceled and added the line, See you at the next funeral. After that, everyone agreed to attend.

There are other tips she says can prevent a family reunion from being a “family ruined.”

If your relatives can’t stand each other, talk to them before the event and ask them to “be mature because we want the grandkids to know each other.”

Also, accept the fact that there’s always at least one person who can’t make the reunion.

Finally, family weddings might be great places to meet dates, but Van Horn says it’s bad form to hook up at reunions – even with an adopted relative.

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