By Loryn Wilson, Contributing Writer for WestA.org
Christmas is often a time to share with family and loved ones, but for some of us, it is a time when we’re far away from our families, and spending the Holidays alone. But just because you can’t be with your family, it doesn’t mean you can’t connect with them.
Staying Connected to Family
Here are some ways to connect with your family for the Holidays:
1. Sign up for a free Google or Skype account and have them do the same. Skype is a free service that allows you to do a video chat on your computer or phone, and Google provides a service called “Hangouts,” which is also free.
2. Send Christmas cards to your family members in other cities. It may seem small, but a card lets people know that you are thinking of them.
3. Create your own daily videos and send them to your family members via email, or create a free blog to post them to. It will give you and your family something to look forward to every day.
Before recently moving back to Los Angeles, I lived in Washington, DC. There, I was close to my aunt who I’d normally spend the Holidays with, but this year was the first time in 10 years where I’d be away from her. For a while, it made me sad to think that I would not be with her for Christmas, but the new technology made it easier to stay in touch.
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.