Due to COVID, several things have changed, especially when it comes to get-togethers and family holiday traditions. We recently experienced Halloween with virtually no trick-or-treating for kids and no adult parties either.
Though we are all in ‘social distancing’ mode, we can still stay connected using some online tools. Using your smartphone or laptop, or PC, you can share so much virtually.
FREE video chat options abound, but some are relatively easier to use and have higher capacities and better tools.
Online Tools to Connect with Friends and Family
Invite up to 100 of your close friends and family members. The maximum time available is 40 minutes per session. If you have a ‘group’ or do a 1-on1, there would be no time limits. This application works on Apple, Android, and Chrome devices.
You can have up to 50 people. There is a maximum limit of four hours per call and 100 hours per month. It also works on Apple, Android, and Chrome devices.
Facebook Messenger Rooms
Invite your friends even if they do not have a Facebook account. Go to Facebook Messenger and select the “Create Room” option for setup and instructions. This way, you can add up to 50 people to the chat room. This application works on both Android and Apple devices.
Here are five ways in which you can connect with family and friends for celebrations during COVID-19:
1. Host Virtual parties
Using one of the tools above, you can host a virtual party, say, for example, a present opening session with family or friends across the country.
2. Drive around Your Neighbor
Life goes on even during the pandemic, and we still have birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays to celebrate! You can drive by those who are celebrating a special occasion in your neighborhood. You can also record the event with your smartphone and post it on Facebook live feed to share with those who live farther away, and they can do the same for you.
3. Decorate Your Yard
You can always decorate for any holiday in your yard and invite neighbors or family to drive by and see what you have done. DIY cost little to nothing and can still be fun.
4. Send Handwritten Notes
Consider writing to someone far away. It can be difficult to stay in touch, but a personal letter can turn into a keepsake. We all love personal notes, cards, and letters. Though a lost art, handwritten notes are much appreciated by the recipient.
5. Make a phone call
Texting may have become the go-to way to communicate with each other, but even a single phone call has immense value. You can share so much more on a call than in a short text, and personal expressions of love and friendship are much more powerful when heard than when read. Hence, consider reaching out to your loved ones via the phone.
There has never been a more critical time to reach out to those you care about than right now. Though the pandemic has necessitated social isolation, make sure to take extra steps to stay connected to your loved ones.