2 tips to bring faraway loved ones a little closer at Christmas

1 x Techie and 1 x Traditional tip to see all of your family on Christmas Day (if you want to, that is)

My sister Kirrily and her husband Jean-Marc are currently working and living in South Sudan. They are both involved in important medical / aid related charity projects as part of the ongoing socio-political development of this new republic.

They got married in August of this year and shortly afterwards relocated to Africa to start a new phase of their lives together. Both of their families are very proud of the work they are doing, but they are much missed and Christmas 2011 just won’t be the same without them.

In fact this Christmas the whole family is apart from one another, either in London, Brighton, France and Sth Sudan – it’s just the way it is this year.

I have however worked out 2 ways to bring everyone together…..

1) SKYPE – I love Skype, I use it all the time to connect with colleagues, clients but primarily to enjoy seeing and interacting with faraway loved ones. My Father and stepmother spend a majority of the year living in their house in France and have recently got very Skype-friendly. It’s my Dad’s latest love affair and I speak to him more often on Skype than I do when he’s in London. So, on Christmas day we will dial in as many people as possible, so we can have a group call and share a glass of bubbles, regardless of the timezone – I’ve found this helpful video so have shared it Skype Video call

2) PART OF THE FURNITURE – Before my sister left for Africa, she gave me an adorable Christmas decoration – a picture frame especially for my tree, asking me to add a picture of her and JM so they would be with us at Christmas. I know this will put a big smile on my mother’s face when she walks into my home on Christmas eve.

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