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My mom’s the youngest of nine and my dad’s the youngest of seven, so to say my family is large is a serious understatement. With such a big familia, it felt like we had a party to go to every other weekend. Whether it be for birthdays, graduation parties, baby showers, or weddings, there was always a reason to celebrate. For so long I thought it was normal that 40-plus people would gather at my parent’s house for Christmas, but soon learned from many of my friends that that was not the case. I love my big family and think we have some of the best gatherings around, but I’m obviously biased. Here are eight things I’ve come to expect from parties with my fam.

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