Family reunions are for reconnecting with kinfolk and sharing family history, recipes and gossip. How many families observe this American tradition and how often? Why do some people skip them or don’t have them at all?
See also: Start building your family tree.
To find out, AARP Bulletin teamed up with the independent research firm of ORC International on a national poll. Here’s what they found.
Family Reunions: To Go or Not to Go
|How often does your family have reunions?|
|Once a year||23%||26%|
|More than once a year||10||9|
|Every 2 years||7||7|
|Every 3-5 years||6||5|
|Every 6-10 years||3||3|
|Why don't you go to family reunions? (Choose as many as apply)|
|No one organizes it||31%||23%|
|Can't afford to or don't have time||21||25|
|Too many disagreements||20||10|
|No living relatives||5||15|
|Some other reason||20||23|
The results were taken from a survey of 1,016 adults age 18 and older conducted March 21-25, 2012.
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