Date n. The time when any event happened or when anything
is to be done.
Spiffy Says: "When I was younger, it was hard to get dates. Nowadays all
you need to do is circle one of those squares on the calendar and make a few calls."
How Long Should Your Reunion
It varies. In all honesty, they can alter in length
from an afternoon to several days to even a week. For families who live close to
each other, one day may be plenty of time to share the fun activities, visit, and gossip
(oops, I mean socialize). However, if most of the people must travel a significant
distance to get to the reunion (you know, from the four corners of the earth),
theyll most likely find it difficult to justify the expense for a single
stinkin day. In general, if you have most of the people coming from Denmark to
Colorado, make it longer. If they drive for fifteen minutes, make it shorter.
Selecting the Date for the Reunion
Once youve decided on the type and length of
your reunion, youve got to choose a date. Its an inevitable fact of reunions.
Make sure, in your planning, that you leave enough lead-time to do the proper amount of
planning for this shindig. Family members hold grudges if you force them to scramble
with their schedules so they can attend "that family thing I found out is
tomorrow". Keep in mind Mister Spiffys Law while you are choosing the
date no matter how hard you try or how pure your intentions, you cant find a
date that is perfect for everyone. Just try your hardest and get as many people as
you can to come. Need a calendar to help select your date (2003,
While most people think of summer as the time to hold family reunions,
dont limit yourself to just that. I do know that its good to have warm weather
whilst swimming, water-skiing, hiking, camping, playing outdoor games, et cetera, but say
you want to go snowskiing. Now, I know very little about this sport and I may be
misinformed, but from what I understand, you need snow for that. Youre not
going to find snow around the US in the middle of July.
Long weekends during other parts of the year can also be a good time for a family
get-together. You can plan around dear Grandma Gertrudes birthday, a fiftieth
wedding anniversary, or another important milestone taking place in your family.
Also, did you know that some hotels offer discount rates during slow times?
Thats a well-kept secret that Mister Spiffy thinks should be out in the open now.
Helpful Hints Dont hold
reunions on short notice on a long, holiday weekend. Most people will already have things
planned then. Even with an advisor like Mister Spiffy, it may be hard to convince everyone
to drop everything and come humor you.