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3 Tips for Connecting with Family on Christmas

The Christmas Season is usually time shared with family and loved ones and for helping those who are less fortunate.  For some of us though, it may be a time when we find ourselves alone; far away from our families. But just because you can’t be with your family, it doesn’t mean that you cannot connect with them.

Christmas Across The Miles

For many years, I lived in Washington, DC where I spent Christmas and Holidays with my favorite aunt.  My recent move back home to Los Angeles this year marked the first time in 10 years that I’d be away from her. For a while, it made me sad to think that I would not be with my aunt for Christmas, and that she would be alone.  But technology made it easier to stay in touch.

Here are 3 easy ways to connect with your family for the Holidays:

1. Sign up for a free video calling account such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Marco Polo, or Skype; have your family members do the same.  WhatsApp is a free messaging app for your smartphone which allows you to do a video calls and free long-distance and international calls. Google Hangouts is a free video conferencing feature which is one of the many benefits your receive when you sign up for a free Gmail email account. 

2. Make Christmas cards and send them to faraway family members.  Include current photos and hand-written notes, or even copies of vintage photos. It may seem like a small gesture, but a card lets people know that you are thinking of them.

3. Create your own daily “12 Days of Christmas” videos or daily Christmas diary entries.  Send them to your family members via a family social media page you create yourself, through email, or by mobile phone.  You can also create a free blog to post them to, all of which can give you and your family members something to look forward to every day.

Staying Connected to Family

After downloading my apps, I set up a time with my aunt so I could video chat with her. She was so moved, she started to cry because she couldn’t believe she was actually seeing and talking to me!

If you are away from your family for Christmas, try to connect with them in other ways, like through a video chat or even just a phone call. Use this time as a way to start new traditions and keep in touch with your family members near and far.

Connect with them and let them know that you miss them and love them.

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By Loryn Wilson, Contributing Writer for WestA.org