Did you know that May 9th – 15th is Universal Family Week? It’s the time of year to reflect on the importance of family by reaching out to relatives near and far. Everyone knows that it’s important to spend time with family, both immediate and extended. What could be better than good ol’ fashioned family time with grandparents telling stories to grandkids, cousins playing games, and aunts and uncles spoiling their nieces and nephews? This year, celebrate Universal Family Week with your family, even if you’ve lost touch over the years.
It can be hard to keep in contact with certain members of your extended family over the years, especially if you’re from a large family. People move, sometimes far across the country, and it’s quite easy to get so busy that you forget to call or write. Of course your family members are always in your heart, but what happens if you lose touch completely? If you want to find family members, you are going to need the help of PeopleFinders.com.
Finding Family Members
Even though it seems like everyone is on social media these days, they aren’t. Uncle Bob, Aunt Sally, or cousin Lucy . . . what if they aren’t posting every moment of their life online? A simple Google search or visit to a social media site isn’t going to do the trick. PeopleFinders.com is a simple tool that allows you to easily find lost family members with a small amount of information. Just enter in the details you remember about the person and you’ll be happy to see how much information comes up. Getting back in touch with family you haven’t seen for years is just that simple. Don’t wait for Universal Family Week – you can do it now.
Planning a Family Reunion
Once you reconnect with family near and far thanks to PeopleFinders.com, then what? How about having a family reunion? Universal Family Week is a great time to plan a party and get the whole gang together. Planning a family reunion may seem daunting, so here are some fun tips to get things started.
1. Plan ahead. This is especially important if you will be inviting guests from out of town. It takes a while to book plane flights, request time off, and plan all of the details of a long trip. Giving out-of-town guests at least a few months to make their travel plans is a good idea.
2. Speaking of out-of-town guests, you may also want to think about making arrangements for them to stay with in-town family, if that’s a possibility. It’s even better if you don’t know the family who is staying with you all that well. It will give you time to get to know each other outside of the family reunion.
3. When it comes to the actual event, keep it simple. You aren’t trying to impress anyone. This is just an opportunity for everyone to get together, reconnect, and have fun. Make it a potluck so everyone has a chance to contribute (and no one person is stuck in the kitchen). If it’s outside, have everyone bring their own chair or blanket. Don’t overthink the details. All you really need there is your family – everything else is just extra.
4. There are some fun ideas to consider for your family reunion. Maybe have ice breaker games to encourage interactions between those who don’t know each other as well. Make place cards for the tables and mix up immediate families or relatives who live close to each other. And of course, it’s always fun to make t-shirts or hats for everyone to wear that say something like “Smith Family Reunion”. You can even have fabric markers on hand so everyone can sign each other’s shirt.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Universal Family Week, with a big family reunion or just a phone call to a relative you haven’t spoken to in a while, PeopleFinders.com can help. Find people quickly and then spend time enjoying your family.