If you’re hosting a virtual Christmas party here are a few tips to make it go smoothly: Coordinate ahead of time which platform you’ll use, and make sure older family members are set up in advance . . . have a loose plan, like what time to log on, and an activity to fill any awkward silences . . . and keep it short . . . and take some pictures or screenshots as memories of 2020.
Christmas is basically here!
1. Send out invites. On Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime . . . and make sure older and less tech-savvy family members will be able to participate by helping them get set up in advance.
2. Have an agenda. It can be loose, but at minimum it should include a time to log on, as well as a designated game or activity to fill any awkward silences. 5x Fast….fill in the blank….change a movie title etc..
3. Keep it short and sweet. Like maybe do dinner while on the call together or open presents at the same time, but not both. Virtual fatigue is a real thing.
4. Make sure everyone knows about the mute button. Background noise is bound to happen, especially when there are kids involved. So make sure everyone knows how to mute themselves, or be ready to do it yourself as the host.
5. Lastly, Take pictures or screenshots. They will make for some great “2020 memories” in a few years.