Top Ten Reasons Not to Attend a Family Reunion

Whether it's a Thanksgiving, anniversary, or whatever it is, there's not a whole lot of fun in family reunions. I'm gonna skip a reunion on the 16th for these reasons.

The Top Ten

No one there is really interesting to talk to.

My parents talk with the grownups. My sister talks with my cousins. I am left all alone bored. Need I say more?

My current reunion is full of old people I just cannot have conversations with.

Everyone's like, at least five years out of my age range.

Yeah. Family gatherings are all full of old people

You will likely get picked on by relatives

This one and #4 are a lot alike, but this one is only slightly different because you will likely get picked on by the really egotistical members who think they are always better than you.

EVERY SINGLE TIME I attend a family gathering there is a 99.9% chance that either my mom or my dad will reprimand me and get me in trouble for absolutely no reason at all.

Too many old people conversations

Blah blah blah *insert embarrassing stuff here*.

They drag on about things no one cares about.

My older relatives always talk about how “amazing” Donald Trump is, even though he is racist and homophobic. So annoying!

I get ROASTED by the grownups!

People continuously comparing you to your other relatives

My parents, aunts, and uncles do this constantly

This is so unbearably annoying.

Too much bragging about others' successes

My relatives are Asian.

Aunts/uncles: My kid is studying to be a doctor!

I CAN NOT tell how many times that I have heard that phrase over and over again!

One of the worst things about reunions, those with "superior" qualities tend to be the worst braggarts over there.

My parents always brag about my academic successes to my relatives

It's not worth being sociable to family members who you rarely see

I went to a wedding in CA and A LOT of them that I haven't seen in YEARS didn't really talk to me.

It definitely is not.

You have much more important things to do

One time, I had to skip a family gathering because I had too much homework

You are actually concerned that you will be the party pooper

My relatives are the true party poopers. My cousins sometimes annoys me, and my parents reprimand me for nothing or embarrass me.

You don't like the location of the reunion
You don't like the food offered

My family always eats German and Polish food and some of it is gross

Why is it always Chinese food?

The Contenders

Little kids annoying you on purpose

I WISH. Everyone at family reunions are almost always like years older than me.

They used to do that, but not anymore! (Which is a good thing)

My cousins in a nutshell

No one pays attention to you

During my cousin's wedding everyone said hi to each other and not to me because they have others their age to talk to and I don't seem to fit in with everyone else. They were also too busy talking to others and they fail to acknowledge my existence, and I had trouble trying to talk to them (I'm autistic).

I nearly shed a few tears/wept in silence because of the hurt that I felt. I thought no one cared about me! :(

I had a very similar experience to yours. My cousin got married a few years ago and I barely knew anyone at the wedding and I was too awkward to start a conversation, so I just hung out with only my sister the whole time

I have nothing in common with my relatives, so I just sit in the corner and eat food

Everything that happens gets photographed or videoed

My family is Asian.
We are eating? They take pictures.
A kid gets their diaper changed/bathed? It gets videoed.
We watch T.V.? It gets videoed.
They set the table? The food gets photographed.

Then they put everything up on Facebook.

I hate candid photos. They look so weird

You get roasted by the grownups

Every time we attend a family gathering all the grownups would constantly roast us kids and laugh about it.

It is so awkward!

My uncle does this sometimes

People doing weird stuff

We're Asian. Whether an adult is changing a kid's diaper in front of everyone else or my dad is singing horrible karaoke, there is never a dull moment at an Asian family gathering.

One time, my cousin got so drunk at a wedding that he started dancing inappropriately lol 😂

Sometimes there's not enough food

Or the food isn’t good enough

It is boring

After I eat, I just listen to music and play on the phone for the remainder of the party.

Irresponsible grownups

Every time I go to a family party, there's ALWAYS a 99.9% that I'll get in trouble for nothing. Why? It's simple. All the grown ups are talking really loud (my family's Asian) and they drink so much that they never seem to keep an eye on my cousins whoever they're wreaking havoc. They get distracted by their conversations then they automatically blame me because they think that since I'm the oldest, I have to be responsible at all times. Hey, I may be a grownup (I'm 26) but I don't know much about group babysitting. I'm still a kid (to them), and even though it's understandable that it's tough to keep track of 6 kids at a party, they should be responsible to keep an eye out for the younger kids (age 10 and under) at least part of the time. and not blame me for irresponsibility.

My cousins get drunk often

Everyone hogs the TV

During my family gatherings either the grownups or my cousins were watching T.V.. It's either sports (the men), Asian dramas (my cousins and the women) or cartoons (the kids). I do get to watch T.V. for a brief time (usually YouTube), but it usually lasts no more than 20 minutes or 1/2 hr.

My relatives like to watch Fox News and game shows and it makes me cringe

People being disgusting

My family is Asian, and whenever a baby or toddler has a dirty diaper during a party, the grownups change them IN THE SAME ROOM AS EVERYBODY ELSE, even if there's food in the room as well.

CHANGE THEM IN PRIVATE OR SOMETHING! Not only does it stink up the entire room, but also no one needs to see the kid's butt and private parts, especially if they're covered in poop or pee.

My cousins have really poor table manners

Public diaper changing

Thank god my family doesn’t do this

They party/talk until after midnight sometimes

Once I was at party at my cousin's house until 1 AM.

One time, I was at my grandma’s house until 3AM

People fighting over the song playlist

I was at a chinese restaurant and there was a karaoke machine that you can control. I wanted to play Andy Lau songs but my dad forced me to agree to play his annoying songs.

This is why I bring my own music to restaurants.

Nah, my family doesn't really like music.

It is so loud

My relatives are Asian and every time they have a family gathering they talk like they're screaming across the room. It's so loud that I could even hear them when I'm in the bathroom with the door closed!

Even worse is that all the men drink, and after a few bottles of beer or cups of wine they will YELL like they're having a heated argument.

My older cousins are EXTREMELY loud

Men are constantly drinking

Yep, true that. My relatives always drink wine and beer

Then they get loud

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