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How to Still Have Your Family Reunion in Quarantine

The quarantine order that has been enacted in many places of the country and the world has shown people how important social contact is, especially with loved ones. Family reunions have become much more important, and the following are some ways you can continue with your plans to connect.

Digital Gathering

Perhaps one of the most common ways to gather with your family during this quarantine is to meet together online. This means opening up a video call where other people in your family can join. Yes, the meeting is going to be done online, and you won’t be able to touch each other, but you will be able to connect.

You can connect in various ways through video calls and you could have the kids meet with each other. You can host a wine sit down where the adults share a glass digitally and talk. It’s important to make sure everyone in your family can use the technology needed to make this happen. Train your family members; you might want to send tutorials or other tools that can help those who don’t know how to use tech too well.

Plan a Future Family Trip

Consider taking the time to plan a makeup family reunion for when quarantine ends and try to make it extra special. Consider booking a cruise for the future, it would be great to plan a family getaway.

Granted, many of these cruises are closed, but you can always search when will cruise lines resume to find out more. Several cruise companies are planning to reopen so consider that. The reason this is a good idea is that you are only going to be with each other on that cruise. Most of these cruise companies are operating with minimal staff and are taking precautions to stay safe.

You could also consider planning a camping trip or booking a condo for your family.

Drive-In Experience

Another thing you can do right now as a family is go to a drive-in theater. If you happen to live near one or you can travel to one, this may be a great idea. You get to stay isolated inside your cars; you can see everyone if you remain inside your vehicles.

You can have a conversation over the phone while you see your family members next to you. This might sound a little strange, but you are going to be creating a family moment either way. Try to choose a movie that is appropriate for most people in your family. You might not be able to share a meal, so consider asking everyone to bring their own food.

A Day in the Life

Families may want to consider getting creative, especially because you have the time to do so. Why not host a mini-family movie day where you all get to share each other’s lives during the quarantine. Have everyone in your family create a mini-family movie to share with everyone else.

These movies could be regular interviews or a short story involving the family. They could be about anything your family wants to share. This gives everyone a chance to feel like they are doing something and lets everyone experience each other during these difficult times. Try to give everyone enough time because recording and editing a video can take a while, and you don’t want anyone to feel pressured when this is supposed to be fun.

You could even create a music video challenge and see whose family can get the most creative. Have everyone pick and song and create a fun quarantine music video. Your family is sure to have fun and everyone will get a good laugh from watching each other’s videos.

Gift Exchange

One thing that is popular right now is delivery. Each person in your family could purchase something online and have it delivered to family members. It may not sound like a big deal, but this simple act could make people feel closer to each other.

You could get on the phone, or you can video chat the person who sent you the gift you received and open it with them. You’ll get the experience the same thing when your gifts arrive. Doing something like this can help you connect, and it can make you feel like you are thinking of each other.

These are just some things you can do as a family during quarantine. You might not be experiencing a family reunion as you would normally, but what you share with your family transcends this quarantine.

Author Bio:

Samantha Higgins is a professional writer with a passion for research, observation, and innovation. She is nurturing a growing family of twin boys in Portland, Oregon with her husband. She loves kayaking and reading creative non-fiction. 

           

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