Posts Tagged ‘family’

Its That Time Again – Staying In Touch Over The Holiday Seasons

It is that time of year again, where families gather for celebration around dining tables and fireplaces. A time for travel, cheer, parties, and traditions. Yes, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. Each family has there own way of celebrating. Some are enjoying the snow, maybe skiing down the slopes. Others will find themselves in warmer climates basking by the waves, toes buried in the sand. But, wherever people find themselves, the holidays are a time for togetherness.

For some, however, being together with all their loved ones over the holidays can be a challenge. Whether it is a restriction of distant, scheduling, or work interference, some just cannot all gather in one place. Though this can be disappointing to family and friends, technology has brought many ways to stay in touch. Sure you still have the traditional route of cards put in the mail with family portraits and newsletters. These too, however, have their restrictions. Will they arrive to the destination on time?

With Short Message Service (SMS) also known as texting, folks may now contact loved ones almost instantaneously. Having dinner with family and want to see how your friend is celebrating in another place? Now, one can easily send a holiday greeting right on his or her cell phone and find out. There are articles and sites dedicated to holiday greetings through text messaging. Electronic pictures can be sent to mimic cards. One may choose to send a done for you greeting or take a snapshot of Ottis in his Santa hat instead. Either way the person on the other end is bound to feel connected.

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A Vacation Three Ways

Regardless of what you do for a living, most men, women and children look forward to experiencing the benefits from the many possibilities of a vacation. Whether they are a full time student, a stay at home parent, entrepreneur, secretary, or construction worker; eventually they need a break. They are able to recognize the value in missing work and home and the same old routine for a little TLC. Each trip can be customized for an individual, couple, or family with children of varying ages.

A vacation can be tailored to accommodate large extended families or a group of friends and colleagues. Somewhere on the planet, there is a place to go, a way to relax, an activity or sport to try or something to see in all four corners of this planet. Although there are diverse groups of people traveling at any given time of the year, there are still three very popular vacation options. These options are an exotic getaway, the family friendly exploration of the themed variety or the “stay-cation” which has always had a place in the family budget and it means to stay close to home.

A vacation can be as far from home as one would like to be. If a family can make a decision to go on an Alaska cruise or Fiji second honeymoon at the last minute they can enjoy anyone of those scenic adventures. However, when taking a break, a family’s trip can last for a weekend or an entire summer. There are times when exploring a geography, climate, or culture different from what one is accustomed to at home is an exploratory getaway.

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