As was the case with most families this year, our family was split up in many parts of the world: Linda and I in Calgary; a daughter and grandsons in Vancouver, BC; a son in Chilliwack, BC; and a son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The timing was a bit awkward, but we managed to visit via zoom.
At our home in Calgary, we were determined to have Christmas dinner anyway, with turkey and trimmings. We all shared the cooking of Christmas dinners at the various family homes on WeChat and Facebook. That was different!
For this holiday I put together a slide show of Memories of Shepheard Christmases Past. I went through 51 years of photos taken during Christmas dinners, mornings, trees and decorations, and especially family gatherings.
In pictures we could watch children and grandchildren growing up, always a treat.And we could relive times when our own parents were still with us. It was a tear-jerker!
Of course, the Zoom get-together was itself recorded for posterity, so we can revisit how we shared the 2020 celebration any time.
It was fun, but I don’t want to do it like that again. I would really rather have everyone together in person.
I hope all of you who are seeing this post had a great Christmas, even if, like us, with family members absent but present in spirit.
All the best in the New Year!