With the days getting shorter and the weather turning colder, decorations in the malls, and Christmas commercials on TV, it’s that time of year once again. The holidays are the perfect occasion to get the family together and celebrate this festive time of year, but not all families have the luck of living close by, in the same zip code, state, or even country, and it can be hard just to get everyone under one roof.
According to Power to Change, nothing is more important or defines a family more than how it celebrates together, as family traditions and rituals promote stability and create deep roots. But how are you meant to carry out family traditions and play games together, bake together or eat around the table if you can’t even get everyone in the same place?
Huffington Post concludes that the economic downturn across the States has created more long distance families in America than ever before and, if this trend is to continue, then it will become increasingly more important to unite your loved ones over distance and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to do so.
These days with everyone’s busy schedules, time differences if family members live overseas, and increasing work and social pressures, even if your family are able and willing to come home for the holidays, however, it can be hard to find the time to organize everything. Before you know it, the holidays are here and your loved ones aren’t.
But if you don’t have time to call, email, text, message, and follow-up with all your family members to bring them together from near or far, an excellent way of doing this is by creating a family reunion website. Collaborate with your family attendees to plan the perfect family reunion for the holiday. You can use online calendars, messaging, photos, and more, to make planning your family reunion not just efficient, but fun as well.
If your problem isn’t so much time as budget, then try to become a savvy traveler and keep your eye-out for cheap deals. Most airlines and discount travel ticket websites have offers from time to time. Travelocity and Orbitz allow you to register your favorite destinations and will alert you when there are offers available, and if you or your relatives travel frequently, you may be able to use some flyer miles as part of the fare.
Sometimes getting folks together isn’t a question of lack of time or even money, but a lack of enthusiasm. If this is the case, there’s nothing like building up anticipation to get people excited about the upcoming holidays. Using a family blog, reunion website or portal is an excellent way to generate excitement for the event by counting down the days on a calendar, adding images and messages. You can let everyone have a voice and say in what food they want to eat, what family games they want to play, and even where they want to spend the holidays.
And if you really can’t manage to get everyone physically under the same roof, then raise a glass to distant relatives, or better still, include them on a Skype or video call while you’re all around the table. You can also post photos online so they can see what they missed and catch up on everyone, making them want to spend the next holiday with you. Whatever you decide to do, remember that there is no such thing as a perfect holiday, so doing your best is what counts.