Yesterday we had a thing with the inlaws, and today we went to a party with some of my extended family. I don't see either group of people that often, and it's funny that the two events went completely differently.
I don't have much to say about the inlaws thing. It was OK. I feel bad for my nieces and nephew because these things can't be much fun for them.
The party tonight was fun -- lots of great food, people I had missed and hadn't seen in awhile. I think one of the things that made the second party more fun (besides that they were, as my mom says, "my people") is that we had something to do. We played two really simple card games at my family party as a big group. While we were playing cards, we could chat a little but we still had to keep track of the game, so it wasn't a big serious conversation. Plus there was the fun of playing for very small amounts of money -- not enough to make or break anyone's night, but enough to give us a little excitement if we won or lost a hand. We do a lot of this kind of thing at my family parties, or play board games, or video games.
I haven't ever seen my inlaws do anything together as a group. If we could figure out something, it might make a big difference... oh, also maybe a couple of glasses of wine. That also would help.