It makes sense then, as we approach a Christmas and New Year period with strict rules, that we turn again to the same technology and platforms that have been keeping us connected over the past few months for both work and leisure.
Zoom in particular has added some festive features such as special Holiday backgrounds, and they have also removed the time limit on video calls for free accounts for the month of December. Tesco Mobile are offering free calls, texts and data on Christmas Day.
The message is clear. Stay home, have a safe Christmas and help to save lives. We all need to work together to stop the virus spreading or worsening, and in order to help us to keep connected, we have the technology we’ve relied upon for the last few months to keep businesses, educational institutions and other organisations running.
Here are some of the best tech-based solutions we have seen:
Online Games with Family and Friends – Even simple, traditional board games like Scrabble and Monopoly have online counterparts. Card games and even new online party games are available via companies like Jackbox.
Charades 2.0, video chat edition – Laughs can still be had in a traditional way. Just get together via video chat instead of in person; a simple and fun way to connect with others.
Zoom Christmas Dinner – Can’t have people around the table? No problem! You can still dine together and read terrible Christmas cracker jokes over Zoom, Facetime, Google Meet/Duo or Skype.
Sing-along Streaming Carol Services – This isn’t exactly a new invention, but it still bears repeating – for anyone who’s interested, you can stream carol services, Christmas concerts and shows from your favourite streaming services, and use the subtitles to sing along.
Watch a Movie Together – With on-demand streaming services and a little coordination, you can still watch alongside your loved ones no matter where they are.
If you suffer from “Zoom Fatigue” – something we’re going to cover in a bit more depth in the new year – you can help to reduce this kind of effect by doing several smaller, shorter video calls with your loved ones throughout the day rather than trying to stay in a video call that’s several hours long.