Holiday traditions have undoubtedly changed through the years. While the restrictions have loosened recently, some family members are still unable to celebrate together because of distance and health problems. Of course, some are also working abroad.
The good news is that families can still celebrate the holidays even if they are miles apart. Technology will bridge the distance and time. And these new traditions are here to stay.
Bringing Families Closer
There are holiday traditions that we grew up with. But with some family members in quarantine or isolation, get-togethers will seem impossible. However, there’s no need to despair. With the latest technology, it is now easy to get in touch with other people.
Holiday celebrations can still push through, but with a twist. Let’s take a look at some examples:
In the past, video chats usually consisted of just talking to a family member who was far away. But with more options for remote communication, you can talk to more than one person at any given time. You can also conduct a short program online or do a scavenger hunt. You can assign a host who will guide the participants on how to find the missing items.
Play Online Quizzes or Games
There are quizzes and other fun activities that you can do simultaneously, wherever you are in the world. Just share the link and get your cousins or grandparents to join. The holidays could also be the perfect time to indulge the young ones with online video games.
Social media posts are full of family members showing off your dancing skills. Don’t let distance stop you from doing the same. You can all learn the steps offline. Once everyone has mastered the steps, you can all use Zoom or other similar programs at the same time and dance. Be sure to record your performance for posterity.
Audio Book Listening
While you were busy during the past few months, you can now spend some time during the holiday season listening to the audio book. You can also share the experience with a family member, if they are into the stories that you like.
Share Food Recipe
Have you tried cooking a particular dish with other people online? Some families like to try out a recipe while consulting other family members online. Through synchronized cooking, the more experienced family member can give tips on how to cook the dish properly. Of course, you can also eat the food together.
In the same manner, you can learn to cook a food that a deceased family member used to make. This will be your way of honoring them. It will also feel like they are still part of the celebrations.
Choose gifts wisely
There are some shops that support nonprofit organizations. You can buy a gift there so they can continue with their mission. On the other hand, you can choose to shop local. There are many small businesses that you can support when you buy from them. In addition, you can also arrange a courier service to deliver the gift to its recipient.
As you can see, there are ways to bond with your loved ones no matter where you are. With careful planning and a reliable internet connection, you can still continue your holiday celebrations.