If you're reading this article, you're online. Chances are, it's your computer and one that can be moved about the house to another room, if need be.
And if you're online, you may have by now heard of a free service entitled "Skype." No matter where you are in the world, a Skype to Skype call is absolutely FREE for as long as you choose!
(Periodically, I stay on Skype for 4 hour calls to the UK - absolutely free). Turn your video camera on, don't turn it on, it's up to you, but for a holiday treat, this is not the time to be shy. You'll want to see what's going on.
"I can't get home for the holidays" or "I have no one to spend it with", is no longer the fault of miles, or domestic situations. It's the fault of people and not choosing to think outside the box. The only thing that will detour this magical technology is if the other part of the family doesn't have a computer. Let's assume they do!
By starting ahead of time (how about now?), a laptop or desk computer can be set up in the room of choice. In the photo above, they set their computer at the supper table so that their family member could be a part of the festivities that evening.
Have a laptop? Even better! You can carry them from the living room to the dining area, down the hallway, show them the new remodeling, or the new car - the possibilities are endless. No, you may not be able to cook their supper, but they can bring their own plate to their computer and eat along with you.
PLAN NOW. Many of you already know that getting together is not a possibility. And a technological invitation may be an absolute god-send. If you don't have Skype, download it now. Take a trial run (don't worry about your makeup). Have fun with it.
If you don't have family, but do have friends who may also be alone, start making arrangements. Invite a Facebook friend for holiday morning coffee on Skype. You never know who is out there wishing they were invited to something special. And by the way, Skype will take up to 25 callers in a conference call (you should all have Skype accounts and be on a laptop or desk computer. Ipads do not work with conferencing). It's still free.
Stop being alone. Get creative!