Of all our holidays, Christmas is the one that most brings families together. This is the tradition, the romantic ideal, the aspiration. Alas, families are far-flung, and getting together for Christmas is often impossible. Christmas cards, Christmas letters, and now email greetings across the miles bring welcome news of family activities over the year and best wishes for a happy holiday season and for the new year. Digital cards are increasingly the rage. My cousin from Australia sent a particularly amusing one this year, about the Moose in the Maple Tree. Adopting the words will be a nice change from the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas.
The most original greeting I have seen yet came from a friend who found herself in Kingston last Christmas while her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren were celebrating Christmas in Abu Dhabi. Always upbeat and highly energetic, my friend contracted with some young high-tech friends to help her produce a YouTube video to share with her family. She identified the song she wanted to mime, memorized the words, organized the props, and then gathered the videographers for the shoot in her living room. The result is a hoot. Take a look: http://youtu.be/iPfujrIJQog
Mary Ann is never one not to take full advantage of a potential social justice initiative. She dedicated the video to the Kingston Food Bank and, incidental to her message to her family, it has been a fundraiser for the Food Bank. If you enjoyed her song, and haven’t yet contributed to your local food bank this season, please join in.
Her use of YouTube is what fascinates me. Though I have yet to venture into that medium, I understand that everyone you ever want to see or hear can be found on YouTube. And that YouTube is the easiest means for sharing everything. Mary Ann said that one of the benefits of doing her video was that she got to know two skilled young videographers who taught her so much. That’s the name of the game. If any of you have favourite YouTube stories or sites, let us know. Maybe next year, I will make the leap.
In the meantime, have a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and a blessed holiday season everyone.
With thanks to Mary Ann Higgs for sharing her Christmas greeting.