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Amping up Family Time

By Fatemah

Traditionally, a family reunion is a time when relatives come together as a whole and enjoy each other's company. According to Family Today, it's a great time to invite distant relatives for an opportunity to reconnect with them and catch up. In this article, I will share some activities that can create a memorable gathering.

Firstly, family talent shows are one of the things that we can do during gathering time. I still remember my first family reunion when I was at the age of 10. We put a lot of effort into entertainment because the theme of the gathering was a talent show. Every member of the family worked hard on the preparation to perform, and I still remember that the big prize was won by my uncle for doing a lot of somersaults. For me, I think a talent show during such reunions can quickly become a beloved annual event. Not only is it a lighthearted talent show that gives a perfect opportunity to uncover the hidden talents of relatives. It also allows for great pictures and plenty of fun pulling pranks on each other. Families may perform as a group, or perform solo by people within families.

Having a picnic can also create unforgettable memories during reunions. A picnic is an activity which lets everyone get involved and also provides a unique experience for them. Undoubtedly, having a picnic with your family improves your relationship. It also uncovers more unknown personalities and characteristics which your family doesn't usually show you. Sometimes we tend to easily neglect our parents and vice versa. So having some kind of outdoor activity like a picnic will let you know more about your loved ones deeply in a more intimate way.

If a family wants to plan for a picnic, they would need to wake up early in the morning. In addition to that, they would prepare food and also pack up things like utensils or Tupperware to use. With this, planning for a picnic helps build the family's communication and cooperation, to name a few. A picnic is key to unlocking a family member's heart and also brings intimacy to the next level.

There are also some activities to connect with your family while they are far away. Nowadays, many youngsters are busy working or studying. We have reasons for why we're not able to talk to each other every week, but what about once a month? I believe everybody can make time to arrange a video call with their loved ones. When there is a distance between them, a video call is a helpful way to keep everyone connected. On the other hand, a video call allows us to have a full contact range, both verbal and non-verbal. Sometimes, we also can watch a movie with them and have a video call session at the same time. With that, we can share our thoughts and spend quality time with our families.

Playing online games can also be a good activity for us to connect with faraway families. With older relatives now on social media, playing online games with them help different generations stay connected. These activities go beyond age groups. Playing online games may also help us connect with relatives in ways that we might not have known before. Spending time playing games like Monopoly, Hint, or Mario Kart are some of the examples to connect with family.

Family gatherings are occasions where memories are made, which is very important if you live far from them. To make sure that relatives do not break away, some families develop a tradition of having reunions actively. Having a dedicated day or weekend where the emphasis is all about togetherness helps reconnect with relatives, even in families who see each other regularly.

By Tye Yie Lin


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