We had an awesome Christmas here in Puna. Around 3PM local time we connected via Skype with some dear friends in Orlando; my 11-year-old son's best friend Julia and her family. We used to get together every year for Christmas when we lived in Orlando. We have not spent Christmas with them in five years. Totally unplanned, through video conferencing, we talked and joked and my son and his friend played with their new Nintendos together. It was so good for four hours it was almost like being there. Amazing!
Presents and food and trees and decorations are all great, but being with loved ones is really what it's all about! Merry Christmas!