Justine Santaniello: November 29, 2018

How to Stay Connected with Family this Holiday Season When Miles Apart

CAN’T BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IRL THIS YEAR? MULTIMEDIA LIFESTYLE EXPERT REVEALS HOW TO STAY VIRTUALLY CONNECTED WITH LOVED ONES…AND MORE! 

 

 

Justine Santaniello

Multimedia Lifestyle Expert

 

The reality is that many families just can’t be together this year for the holidays—due to the cost, the distance, mobility issues of aging parents, or even plain fatigue over the hassle of travel. However, a recent study shows 70% of Americans say staying in touch virtually with their loved ones can help take the stress out of being apart over the holidays. Multimedia lifestyle expert Justine Santaniello reveals how technology can make it a little easier to stay connected with loved ones and friends during the busy holiday season.

 

Some of Justine’s tips include:

  • GATHER A GROUP TO CHAT– Big family? It’s now easy to connect loved ones across the country, or the globe, with video chat. You can host chats up to 50 people on the new Messenger, so it’s possible to loop the whole family in during a holiday get together, wherever they might be.
  • POOL FUNDS TO GET THE PERFECT GIFT – Going in on a group gift for Dad? 53% of people say they used messaging apps to stay in touch with their siblings over this past year and with in-app peer to peer payments on Messenger, you can easily split the bill right in your group chat.
  • HIT THE POLLS – Family drama over where to host your family’s holiday party this year? Start a poll in Messenger to easily solve the dilemma, with everyone feeling part of the big decision.
  • CONNECT KIDS SAFELY WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS – Grandparents unable to travel long distances for the holidays this year? Make sure they feel the love. Messenger Kids is a fun and safe way for kids to stay in contact and safely send messages to their extended family in real time.
  • MAKE IT FUN – Even if you can’t all be together to play a board game during the holidays, it’s still possible to enjoy family game night virtually, here’s how!

 

MORE ABOUT JUSTINE SANTANIELLO:

Multimedia lifestyle contributor, Justine Santaniello is the No. 1 authority for providing engaging content and innovative products. She has shared her tips and top product suggestions – otherwise known as her ‘Just Haves’ – regularly on Access Hollywood LiveThe Wendy Williams ShowGood Day New YorkFox & FriendsYahoo!New York LiveFOX Business, and more. As the founder and creative director of JustHaves.com, Justine has become a go-to media and consumer resource for anything and everything related to style, beauty, gifting, entertaining and beyond. Known for her conversational and engaging commentary, Justine has made over 500 TV appearances on NBCCBSABCFOX, CWWEThe Hallmark ChannelThe Weather Channel, and QVC.

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