Wonderful Internet: A Christmas Story

I was unable to visit my family in Guatemala for Christmas this year. I was feeling very sad, until about half an hour ago, when we tried something very cool for the first time in our history of family Christmas gatherings: a video chat!

Even though the video quality of GTalk is low at best, it at least allowed me to see my loved ones from thousands of miles away.  I saw both of my parents, my grand parents, my aunties, cousins, sisters, brother, nephews and nieces… everyone! My nephew Jose even set off some small pyrotechnics (a tradition in Guatemala) so I could see them through the webcam. 🙂 I got to see my nieces and nephews open their presents (and break the first one of the night!).  I saw the tamales, and I could almost taste them. I even saw the presents that my sisters are sending me with dad, although they didn’t want to tell me what’s in them (dang it… it’s already Christmas… come on, just tell me!). It was so very exciting… it was almost like being there with them!

This completely opens the doors for future family gatherings. We are no longer half a continent apart. We are now, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, as close as we used to be.  I love my family, and I am thankful that God allowed me to celebrate Christmas with them at midnight (also a Guatemalan tradition). Even though it was all virtual and electronic, our feelings were very real. And that is why I suspect this is just the first of many more family celebrations to come that I will no longer have to miss.

Merry Christmas to all!

– Gabriel.

About Gabriel Mongefranco

Gabriel Mongefranco is your software developer for all things data: extraction, integration, analytics and security. He is also a blogger, a poet, a proud father and a faithful Christian. He is always eager to contract with faith-based nonprofits! Learn more.