Snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree – Josh Groban sings about them every year, and I fall in love with him all over again each time he does. And, considering the love light gleams and dreams on an endless radio station loop at least a mabillion times a day, I pretty much melt into a puddle of peppermint-spiked love about two days into December.
But it’s more than his pretty voice that gets me every time he croons “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in the most mellifluous of fashions. It’s remembering just how much farther Chile, England and Italy – where our extended family resides – feel during the holidays. My parents and mother-in-law live about 30 minutes away (hooray!), but it’s that extra big family huddle I really miss this time of year. The noisy gathering and never-ending hugging and general jolly mob mentality that dusts everyone with more than tinsely Christmas joy.
We have so many old and new traditions – unpacking tubs filled to teeming with decades-old ornaments and hanging them on the tree; putting out the children’s shoes on Christmas Eve; sledding in snow that comes up to our waists; serving Chinese food for Christmas dinner as a nod to A Christmas Story; and delighting in the mischief Francois Elfie Momo, our newly adopted Elf on the Shelf, makes up during the night — to be shared and savored. Kind of like pie. And burbouny nog dotted with nutmeg (hold the nog).
And sure, Instagram and Facebook are there to capture the merry moments and dispatch them among the internet ether, but there’s something to be said for holding a photograph, knowing it was in the hands of your loved ones, that suddenly makes the season much more magical.
Mobile printing takes those memories and makes them tangible, so mailing them to the most far-flung places means no one gets left out. No computer required. Promise.
Simply print pics from your smartphone or tablet right to a wireless HP printer, take them to the local post office in between mall runs to pick up gifts for the kids’ teachers because you forgot to go in on the official school-issued gift card collection again, and boom, your family will be “home” for Christmas no matter where they are.
And it doesn’t have to be limited to the holidays either. HP came up with a program called Instant Ink to keep you printing and postmarking memories whenever the mood strikes. It’s basically a new ink subscription service that automatically anticipates low ink stores in your printer and delivers Original HP ink to your doorstep (at 50 percent savings) before you run out.
Nothing compares to having family close to home, no matter how many miles separate you.
Photo credits: Pilar Clark, holiday embellishments via PicMonkey
Travelhound Pilar wouldn’t mind being at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. But, since she can’t be at her “second home” year round, she curates happy thoughts on Disney Social Media Magic, a virtual springboard where breaking news and other Disneyfied thingamabobs are shared. For more mouse-minded geekery, join Pilar on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and personal site, One Mom Media.