I have thirty-one siblings and it is a rare occasion when all of us can get together. Just imagine the sheer size of my family gatherings when each person shows up with their individual group! For about fifteen years, my eldest sister Jodie has taken on the task of planning a family Christmas party. It is a huge job; the crowd this year was roughly three hundred people. Jodie loves the holiday and adores children, so for her it is a labor of love.
In the past, the challenge has been keeping so many children of different ages occupied. Previously we gathered at a banquet hall and we shared a big buffet meal, another year she planned craft booths for all the kids and had a photographer there to take family pictures. In addition, she always hires a Santa Claus and makes over 200 treat bags filled with candy and prizes for the children.
This year Jodie rented out a 24 lane bowling alley and every available spot was taken! While the younger kids were having a turn bowling, the teens enjoyed playing a game of pool.
Of all the options we have tried for the family Christmas party, bowling seems to work out best because each age loves to play and it keeps the kids busy.
Though most of my sibling are not plural families they are all supportive of our family. Joe, Vicki, Val and I all go to my family party; we all consider each other family. Our kids love the gathering and look forward to it every year. What are some of your favorite family traditions?