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8 Tips for a Great Family Reunion

Tips for planning and organizing family reunions for a stress-free, fun and memorable time together.

I loved the Durango-Silverton train & it was a great family reunion activity for all ages.

They were a boisterous group, the family I observed on the Durango-Silverton train recently while I was on vacation. They were laughing and telling stories and obviously enjoying their time together. I couldn’t resist… I struck up a conversation with one of the young women and learned they were having a family reunion in honor of her mother’s 70th birthday. They’d rented a house that accommodated 17 people and gathered in Durango, Colo., coming from Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix and Minneaapolis. “We’re having a blast,” the daughter told me.  (I secretly kind of wished I could join their party on the train!)

The encounter reminded me that this is the time of year when many families gather for their reunions. Here are some of my tips for having a stress-free, fun and memorable time when your family gets together.

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Plan a Great Family Reunion

Enjoy your family reunion and let me know where your family gathers!

Photo Credit (left): Amy Goyer (Durango-Silverton Train)

Photo Credit (right): Ariel Skelley/Getty Images

Amy Goyer is AARP’s Home & Family Expert; she splits her time between Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, Ariz. where she is caregiving for both of her parents who live with her. Her new book, AARP’s Juggling Work and Caregiving, will be published this fall. Follow Amy on Twitter @amygoyer and on Facebook.

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