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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF HOLIDAYS AWAY FROM FAMILY

4 Ways Holiday

To most people, spending the holidays away from family does not exactly sound appealing, but it's a reality for many of us this year. Although this season won't be the same as usual, you can save your tears!

Allow us professionals (pilot kids, military kids, service kids, etc.) to enlighten you. Here's how you can make the most of this odd holiday season even if you won't physically be with your loved ones.

1. Celebrate together on a different day.

Ever heard of Christmas in July? I mean, hopefully we can celebrate before next summer, but you get the point. Who wouldn't want a belated Christmas gift in March anyway?

Accept our current circumstances with humility, and allow room in your heart for late festivity-fun.

2. Take advantage of technology.

Plan ahead for a family video-chat meetup and actually commit to it. 

Zoom together or video chat on another platform like FaceTime, Skype or Facebook Messenger video. Play a virtual family game, screen share a holiday movie (legally, of course) or at least call to catch up for a few minutes. 

It’s easy to say, “yes, let’s FaceTime,” but it’s easier to skip actually pulling through with the plan. Set a specific time to be together virtually before the day-of so that everyone can commit to participating.

3. Count your blessings. (THIS IS KEY.)

I know. It’s cliche. Regardless of the saying’s overuse, always be grateful that you actually have people to miss. And you have people that miss you.

This is a huge blessing. Not many people have family to miss. Give thanks to God for the people you cherish.

4. Don't sacrifice your reputation in the process.

Be responsible. Be respectful. Honor any authority mandates that may arise.

Your reputation and the reputation of Christ are at risk! Talk about high-stakes. Make sure your real priorities are in line with your actions and reactions. Don’t allow this one holiday season away from your family (or your Facebook commentary) become a barricade to the gospel.

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About the Author: Indigo Sahara

While pursuing a degree in Spanish and journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Indigo recognized her intense passion for travel and calling toward media ministry. Upon graduation, she accepted the communications resident position at AAC, confident that it was her next step.
In addition to working at AAC and fulfilling her Master’s in Global Leadership from Crown College, Indigo manages a travel blog and Instagram account (@indigosahara), which she uses as a personal ministry.
When she was 8, she moved across the Atlantic with her parents and two sisters to small-town Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland for two years. Her young immersive experience quickly opened her eyes to diversity and instilled an eternal love for the nations in her heart. Since then, she has lived in three different cultures and traveled to 11 different countries and counting.

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