So, family members, remember how we did Secret Pixies sometimes when were growing up? For the in-laws, I will fill you in - every once in awhile during FHE, we would each draw another person's name. We then became their Secret Pixie for a week. We were supposed to do nice things for them or give them little (very little) gifts. The point was that we were supposed to think about them and be considerate towards them. We were supposed to find ways to make them happy, while keeping it a secret.
I was thinking that it might be fun to do Secret Pixies during the family reunion. What do you think? We could do it a number of ways. We could do it by family. We could do it for each individual person, adult or child. Or we could just have the cousins participate. I think it would be a nice way to get the cousins excited about the other cousins they don't know very well. We could make the assignments beforehand so that we could all come prepared (or even start beforehand by mail), and the pixie acts could take place the actual three days of the reunion. It would definitely be all about thoughtfulness and not material goods.
If we did it by family, it would probably be simplest and those without kids could still participate. Even if some of the family members weren't old enough to know what was going on, the other family members would.
If we did it with individuals or cousins, it would make it more personal and each child would probably be more excited about paying attention to and getting to know the person they are assigned to. However, it makes it more complicated and more work - especially since we will probably do most of the work ourselves as the parents. I think it might be hard for Levi and Audra to explain to their non-English-speaking kids too, whereas if it were their whole family doing it together it might be easier.
Then again, maybe I am getting carried away and none of you want to do it period! :o) Don't be afraid to say so - I am all for keeping things simple and this would definitely add one more thing onto our t0-do list.