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Holiday gatherings for the family — away from home

In a desire to join up with relatives on holidays without the burden of preparing a feast for a crowd, some are turning to inns and resorts that specialize in hosting such events, freeing up time for participants to socialize, relax, and enjoy one another’s company

Every year, Steve Giblin and his six siblings celebrated Thanksgiving at their parents’ house in Marblehead. As they grew up, got married, and started families of their own, the get-togethers grew ever larger.

“Pretty soon we had 38 people descending on Grandma’s house,” said Giblin, 59. “Half the people were sleeping on couches and the kids were running around.”

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