On November 28th we asked “How will you celebrate the holidays this year?” We received 158 responses – thank you!
Most respondents will celebrate with only their immediate household, while 26% of you will use technology such as FaceTime or Zoom to connect with others. When asked what will be different this year, you noted reduced gathering sizes, not visiting friends and neighbours, and reduced numbers of gatherings. As one respondent said, “We have two daughters, one son-in-law, two adult grandsons, and two adult granddaughters with whom we usually celebrate. There have been entire families destroyed by Covid-19, and we don’t want that to happen to us. We want our entire family to be here and healthy to celebrate when this pandemic is over. We must each do our part. There are many options this year… We can meet on Zoom, FaceTime or via a phone call to exchange good wishes…”
Many of you are using technology to get together, mostly Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime, but also apps like What’s App, Messenger and Facebook, video chat and the ‘old school’ telephone! Seems like the activity you most want to capture is gift-opening – seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they open their gifts. Some of you are using Zoom to do virtual cookie baking sessions and happy hours!
The holiday tradition that most are maintaining this year is to put up a tree and put out decorations that have meaning – made by the kids, collected from travels, or vintage items from years long past. You treasure the memories those things bring to life!
Focusing again on the holiday season, this week we’re asking how your ancestral heritage fits in with your holiday celebrations. The Survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday, December 9th. CLICK HERE to start the Survey!