GOA: Christmas is a time for family reunions, and this year, the parties are bigger than usual. Three to four generations will get together across time zones and continents, rocking around their Christmas trees — but from the safety of their own homes, whether in Goa, the UK, Canada or Australia.
Unlike the regular food, drink and song-binging parties, virtual Christmas parties are being painstakingly organised by the tech-savvy younger generation, to keep everyone, no matter where they may be, entertained and filled with some good cheer despite the Covid pandemic.
They have certainly gotten more interesting — carol singing sessions (nobody minds the time lag), a game of housie, live music sessions with violins and keys, perhaps a magic show, Christmas craft competitions, and family history quizzes.
The party ended with a carolling session, but the family wouldn’t call it a day until they belted out ‘mandos’ to their heart’s content.
Christmas can be a lonely time for older people as they’re used to big family get-togethers, and that’s why the party was put together.
The News24 Goa