How to Celebrate the Holidays Online

It’s the most beautiful time of the year. Time to spend with your loved ones, family, friends and that special someone. But there’s just a little inconvenient: miles between you and your darling. Holidays in long distance relationships can be hard if you’re not able to see one another, but instead of diving in a sea of sadness there are a few ways to share with him/her and make sweet memories during Christmas or New Year’s Eve.

However, instead of dwelling on what we can’t have, today we’d talk about ways to celebrate Christmas over the internet.


Finding time to FaceTime or Skype during this busy season can cause tension or even make you feel a little extra lonely. When you do get half an hour or so to Skype why not make these festive traditions digital by trying them together over the internet.

What can we do over video chat?

Festive Games

Would it even be Christmas if I didn’t mention the word charades? If you’re not sure on the rules you basically act something out (book title, film, song) using your body. You can’t use props or words to give clues away. You could make this a two-player game by setting a timer and trying to get through as many as possible in that given time, scoring points for how many are correctly guessed. Even Google right now has a Christmas-themed game right here (link).

Wear Matching Pyjamas!

Why not try wearing matching cozy pyjamas? Sit down together with some hot chocolate and feel a little closer this holiday season.

Watch a Movie Together

Watching a movie or a TV series with your partner is always fun, so put on some pajamas, bring snacks and log into Rabbit, which is an app that allows you to watch Netflix (and YouTube) at the same time with someone and video chat as you share a Christmas-themed movie night even being miles apart.

Here are some movie options:

  • Love Actually
  • New Year’s Eve
  • The Polar Express
  • Elf
  • Home Alone

Mail A Surprise Gift

It’s the moment to remember that time he said he wanted an specific video game or she sent the link to some cute earrings just for you to see them (or you can just decide for a care package). Send that special someone a gift without telling them you will, to make it even more sweet. Even if it’s just a bracelet or an ugly Christmas sweater, it will make his/her day for sure, and you can open them over Skype!

Even if you don’t have money to buy a gift right now, you can mail a handwritten card. Plus, if you have a good relationship with their family, why not send them one too? Just to wish them a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year!

Talk About the Future: How will you spend Christmas together one day? How will you decorate?

As a community one thing people in LDR’s love to do is talk about the future that’s why I think a festive (and cute) way to spend some virtual time together could be talking and planning the way you’d like to decorate your home over Christmas when you close the distance. You can use screen shares such as TeamViewer to collaboratively look at decorations or Christmas tree models you’d one day love to have in your apartment/home. Sharing your family traditions with each other will allow you to get to know each other better but also make you feel closer together.

Video Chat With Their Family

This is a great way to include each other on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. While you open presents, video chat with one another so you both be part of your individual family’s holiday parties. It doesn’t have to be for long, but to chat for half an hour with your partner and their family will help you feel so much closer and included in each others lives.

This article was a collaborate post by the lovely Charlotte & Emilia. Thank you both for the wonderful ideas!

Our team from Long Distance Diaries wishes you all Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year! Let us know how you celebrated this year in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

About Tammy

Tammy is the creator of Long Distance Diaries. Apart from her passion for the LDR community, she is a professional cat lady, avid gamer and full-time nursing student.