The holiday season, whether you are religious or not, is a time of coming together with your loved ones, with family. But increasingly more people opt or are forced to spend this time of year alone, be it due to physical or emotional distance from their family members. What does this tell us about the institution of family in modern times?

We are living between two worlds, the traditional worlds with multi-generational families living together, and the modern world, with a shrinking number of people per household People from both developed and developing nations are having less children, focusing more on friends or career – will family become yet another institution that will go the way of the dodo?

We’ll get together in front of our screens and with coffee or other beverage in hand talk to other human beings that are as passionate as ourselves about finding answers.

Some subjects we’ll touch on:

  • Family – no longer relevant?
  • Friends vs family – who gets to spend time with us?
  • Family in different cultures – what can we learn?
  • How do you define family?
  • Loneliness during the holidays – the new normal?
  • And so much more!

Upon finishing the get-together, we will have talked about our biological and chosen families, our links with them and the future of these important relationships.