Why are family reunions notoriously dicey? It seems they're particularly prone to drama, grumbling, and awkwardness, despite most people showing up with a desire to get along and have a good time.
My husband and I took on planning a family reunion this year. This was following a six summer drought, during which time more than one family member had tried to pull something together and ultimately thrown their hands up in the air when choice of time or location led to bickering.
I'm happy to say this year it was a resounding success. Among the nearly 40 people who came, every single person had a great time. Yes, there were some minor hurt feelings along the way but the bonds of family won the day and everyone felt included, loved, and appreciated.
Here are my best guesses at why things went so smoothly. I'd love to hear tips from others since we'll be planning another one in 2021!