I can't stand family reunions and I actively find ways to not attend. Family reunions are gatherings of family members in a unconvinced location (Why can't we have the family reunion at Disneyland?) where I'm subjected to meeting all the relatives I haven't seen since my fifth birthday.
The best part of family reunions is the food, spades (and/or dominoes) games. Sometimes I get to hear a random story about my parents when they were young and wild.
Reunions are a practice of good social manners. For example when I run into that cousin I haven't seen since we took baths together when I was four, I promise that I will keep in touch which really means I'll add her to my social media page and forgo any real or meaningful contact.
I wish family reunions looked like they look on t.v. Everyone sitting around shooting the breeze, eating, and competing in organized family games (seriously if your family does that please invite me!). I wish I could stop being fake. Let's not pretend that we're going to contact each other and become the cousins we should be.
I feel like they just lost their purpose. What is the point of attending a family reunion? Is it to reconnect with all the elders of your family? That is admirable. Does it actually happen? I find that at these reunions I don't feel connected to my people, if anything I leave feeling more disconnected than ever.
Maybe I'm doing something wrong.