Family Reunion

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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 Family Reunion.

FAMILY REUNION includes:

--Finding the Elusive Perfect Site

--Cooking for the Hordes: Four Menus

--People Power: The Volunteers

--Great...

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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 Family Reunion.

FAMILY REUNION includes:

--Finding the Elusive Perfect Site

--Cooking for the Hordes: Four Menus

--People Power: The Volunteers

--Great Intergenerational Games

--Memory Night: Family Stories

--Reunion Etiquette

--Capturing the Event

Maybe your family shares the same area code, or maybe they are scattered from coast to coast. When the urge comes to reunite them, only one thing counts-planning.

This indispensable book is an informative, idea-packed guide to every phase of having a reunion. It is also something more. By combining a general's logistical skills with a psychologist's insight into family dynamics, with a camp counselor's love for fun and games, and with a genealogist's passion for the past, Jennifer Crichton has written a book that not only assists in every step of the way, but inspires too.

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... a great resource full of tips on planning a memorable reunion...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761105855
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,009,193
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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.

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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

IndeX

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    It was ok

    It had some good ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    Very informational - VERY inspirational!

    I was nervous, and skeptical that I could pull off a first family reunion. But after reading this book, I'm confident that I can use the tactics to get other family members as excited as I am, and motivated. This book is full of great ideas, from the backyard BBQ to the full-fledged week-long retreat! The examples of actual family reunions are very interesting, and give excellent ideas on how to make yours unique.

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