The holidays are coming, and the perfect way to keep your family together is GroupMe. You’ll always know who’s bringing what, and where everyone’s coming from.
Need proof? Check out this email we just got from one Mr. Mike Tamke:
Ten years ago, a typical, Sunday dinner was simple enough; figure out what to make, pick a time to serve it and then basically ring the “vocal dinner-bell”. “DINNER!” my mother would say. My father, four brothers and I would come stampeding in. Then, with a hurried “Rub-a-dub-dub thanks for the grub”, we’d dig in with the usual clanging of forks on plates, yelling about whose leg is too close to whose as my four siblings and I guarded our eating areas so that no child would steal our favorite part of the meal directly off our plate. Yes, we had to guard our plates!
Now, it is much different. First there are my two parents and the family dog. Brian and I are professionals, living on our own, Matthew is a second year law student in NYC, David is a first year law student on LI and Stephen a junior in college. On top of that, Brian, Matt, Stephen and I all have girlfriends and Brian and I each have a dog. So, instead of five boys for dinner, sometimes it’s five boys plus four girlfriends, and our dogs. Also from time to time.. Well, you get the idea!
Last Sunday, I helped my mother use GroupMe to create a group with the five brothers, my cousin Mary, and our friend Roger included. By using GroupMe, we were able to facilitate the logistics of who was coming, what time to come, what to bring and even if people needed to be picked up.
So, with the communication pipeline that GroupMe provided, everyone was on the same page and the list of what came for dinner was as follows: Five brothers, four girlfriends, three dogs, two parents, two cousins, one niece, one nephew, one good neighbor, one train-station pick up, one loaf of bread, one half-gallon of ice cream, one apple pie, two bottles of tonic, 4 limes, one bottle of club soda, two bottles of wine, six bottles of beer, one load of laundry, three arguments about music, two arguments about who’s driving who home and one great, on-time meal with all the fixings, a lot of laughs and a memorable evening.
Happy Holidays! GroupMe rocks!
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Photo from reneetb on Flickr.