Five Things to Love about Family Reunions By Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A

In February our attention typically turns to hearts, flowers, and candy to express love and affection on Valentine’s Day. Keeping with the theme, here are five things to love about family reunions.

  1. Reconnecting with Relatives. Family reunions provide a unique opportunity to catch up with relatives you may not see regularly. These gatherings offer the perfect time to swap stories, reminisce about shared experiences, and learn about the successes, challenges, and everyday events in each other’s lives.
  2. Celebrating Family History and Traditions. Reunions often involve traditional activities, foods, or rituals unique to your family. This celebration of heritage and tradition helps reinforce a sense of family identity and continuity. Use these themes to encourage participation.
  3. Building Stronger Bonds. Spending dedicated time together strengthens familial bonds. This is particularly important for younger family members who can develop lasting relationships with older relatives and cousins.
  4. Creating New Memories: Each reunion is an opportunity to create new memories. Whether it’s through group activities, special events, or simply spending quality time together, these memories often become cherished parts of family lore.
  5. Leaving a Legacy: A shared family history is something valuable to pass on to future generations. Providing a family tree, distributing DNA kits, scanning, and sharing photos and stories will help you to build a rich and-lasting legacy.

Family reunions are more than just a gathering; they are a celebration of shared history, memories, and affection. So don’t forget to show your reunion some love on Valentine’s Day, and all year long!Top of Form