Growing up, I couldn't understand how families sat around the dinner table together for a meal, because every time I looked at my family I couldn't fathom all of us fitting in one table. I mean that literally — there are a lot of us.
Instead, we had paper plates piled with a combination of everyone's favorites and we rotated between the aunts, who had stories to share and were camped on the couch, and the cousins, who only wanted to talk about games and were in someone's bedroom. The food was buffet style and it was on a first-come, first-served basis, which means everyone was up at the table as soon as abuela set the plates down to try and get the best food while it was still warm.
While the scene is at times chaotic, the experience is one nothing else could match. Keep reading for the nine things that most likely happen every time your family gets together for a meal.