Gift of Christmas #10: Video calls

One son is in Afghanistan. One son is in California. My mother is in Idaho, and my siblings are in Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, North Carolina and New York. We are a family separated by physical distances, but the video call can put us in the same place virtually.

My first experience with a video phone was at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. We waited in line to be able to use a phone that let us “see” someone in another booth. I was eight years old, and the possibility of using a video phone seemed so futuristic. Fifty years later, I can video chat weekly with members of my family without feeling at all like we are in the future.

Capturing Google Hangout with son in Afghanistan as we travel to Thanksgiving supper in Maine.

Capturing a Google Hangout with son in Afghanistan as we travel to Thanksgiving supper in Maine.

We used a video call to celebrate Thanksgiving. We plan to use the video call to celebrate Christmas. Thank goodness for the Google Hangout, the Facetime, or the Skype that allows us see each other in real time.

The holidays are times that people visit with relatives. When travel is not possible, the video call is an easy substitute.

That’s why the video call is my Christmas gift #10.

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