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Ideas to connect remotely this Christmas

Christmas is here! And with it all the light, smiles and food that this season brings. However, one thing that may be missing this year might be the big gatherings, the full house with aunts and uncles you don’t see at any other time and all the hugs… This does not have to necessarily mean that you do not get to enjoy the company of the people you are not able to see in person, even if you do have to find different ways to make that happen. Here are a few ideas on how to connect with friends and family you might not be able to see face-to-face:

Have a Clay Night

Zoom can be very awkward, especially with family members you may not talk to very often so why not make it more of an activity? Buy some clay turn on zoom and get creating. This will not only be a fun, creative thing to do but will also allow for silences and pauses in conversation that would otherwise be a tad awkward. And, if you are particularly gifted, you may even end up with a new plant pot or napkin ring by the end of it!

Watch a film together

Nowadays just because you are not in the same room does not mean you are not able to watch the same film, at exactly the same time! Have you heard of teleparty? It synchronises video playback with various different devices and it even has a group chat for those people that love talking during a film! If you really wanted to you could even be on the phone with the person you are watching the film with, although we do recommend muting yourself when you are not talking so you can’t hear the second device as well as your own. It’ll feel just like they are there, you might even faintly be able to smell the popcorn coming from their house!

Have a tasting party

Get yourself one of those assorted cheese boards, assorted chocolates boxes or whatever else you crave. You do not even have to have the same thing as the other person – as long as you both have something to eat or drink! Then you can talk about the flavours you are experiencing and look up facts about what you are having. It may not sound like much but it can be incredibly educational as well as a nice way of having a chat without feeling like you’ll run out of things to say. You can even end it with a quiz about all the things you have learned.

Send a postcard

Have you ever received one of your child’s/niece’s/grandchild’s drawings over the post? It can make anyone’s day! Writing a small message telling people what you have been up to, how you are and just letting them know that you think of them can be very meaningful. Sometimes we forget how nice it can feel to get a card or a letter because we get use to being able to text something and having the person read it straight away but there is something to be said for things that have been handwritten and carefully handled.

Have a chat over the phone

Sometimes it does not need to be something elaborate, you simply have to set the time aside to have a chat. Just like you would if you were meeting for coffee, catching up over the phone sometimes requires the same planning. You may even want to schedule it into your day. And, if you really do not have the time to spare you can always call while you are doing something that does not require a lot of focus. It can be great to have some’s company while you are folding the laundry, cooking or even while you are doing a puzzle. Sometimes people just want your company and to hear your voice, it can be that simple to connect with someone!

My Nametags Reveals the International Origins of UK Baby Names

At My Nametags, we get a unique insight into the names that are proving popular amongst British parents. With such a diverse range of names making the top 200 baby names list over the last 10 years, we were interested to find out more about the history behind Britain’s favourite names.

Using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we analysed the decade’s most popular baby names and discovered that British parents are drawing inspiration from all corners of the globe when it comes to naming their children.

In fact, we found that almost half (45 percent) of the top 200 baby names in the UK have international origins, with inspiration drawn from everywhere from Greece to Japan.

Interestingly, many of the names on our list have multinational origins themselves. For example, the name Sophie originated in France, but derives from the older Greek name, Sophia. This demonstrates just how international the influences on the UK’s most popular names are.

To help you discover where Britain’s most popular names are from, we’ve created a handy interactive map. Simply hover your cursor over a region to discover which common British names originate from this area.