In today’s busy world you probably do not have time to talk to your family. And that is where Visit Your Relatives Day comes in. It is a day that encourages us to either visit or communicate with our family and see how each other is.
Just another day of the year to spend with family!
There are plenty of special family days spread out throughout the year.
In fact I have counted 26 days. That is though besides birthdays, reunions and other occasions.
If I am wrong about this number then please correct me by commenting below this post.
You have obviously heard of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. They are celebrated all over the world, although the date can differ depending on which country you are from.
These two particularly days for our parents have a rich history. Father’s Day can be traced back 4,000 years to Babylon, while Mother’s Day goes back to Ancient Greece and Rome.
Visit Your Relatives Day – May 18
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Origins of Visit Your Relatives Day!
The origin of Visit Your Relatives Day though is uncertain.
I can find no history to this special day and so I do not know when it began.
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Despite not knowing when this day did start the message of the day is the same as all the others.
All of these days make us aware that we should spend time with our family and show that we love, care and we are there for them whenever they need us.
What You Can Do On Visit Your Relatives Day
If you do not get a chance during the year to see your family then why not make the effort and see them on Visit Your Relatives Day.
You may have even have lost touch with certain family members so please take advantage of this special day.
We do live in a fast paced world.
We may only get to spend time with our family for a few days of the year, maybe Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
If you don’t live nearby then you may not get to see them at all.
So, what can you do?
You could plan a family reunion for Visit Your Relatives Day.
If you cannot get together with a number of members of your family then why not catch up with just your siblings, or parents, or cousins, or aunts and uncles, or any other family member that you haven’t seen in a while.
You may not be able to see your family in person due to how far you are living away from them.
So, why not make a phone-call or make a video call over the Internet?
I prefer face-to-face as it just makes it so much more personal and you can connect more.
You could though send a card or a letter and show your family that you are thinking of them.
Doing at least something on this day will show them that you are thinking about them, even if you do not live near them.
My Final Thoughts
There is a saying that you may have heard, “You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family“. And that is so true.
No matter if you have had a falling out or disagreement why not take this day and show them that you care.
After all life is too short!
I am sure you have heard that saying as well.
Visit Your Relatives Day is a day to reconnect with your family and build, (or re-build), family ties and relationships.
For me I cherish anytime of the year where I can spend with my family.
We are so wrapped up in our own world, and this is specially true if you now have a family of your own.
Discover your family tree!
I particularly like this day because it gives me another chance to catch up with family and find out about my ancestors.
I can get to see a family member and ask them about my family tree.
I could take with me photos, documents, family heirlooms and ask them what they know about them.
Not only can I find out names and dates of people to add to my tree but I could also be fortunate to hear stories that I have never heard before.
This is so true with my father.
Every time that I get a chance to speak to him he will have a story about an ancestor which he hasn’t never spoken about. It really does surprise me, (and him I suppose), when these ‘new’ stories pop up.
So, if you are working on your family tree then take this time and use it wisely. You can get so much information from your relatives. And the good thing about it is that it is FREE!
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