Updated: Feb 25
The holidays can be a difficult time for people who are not around their friends or loved ones, especially for those who are in jail or prison. Sending photos is a great way to stay connected to those that you love but are in jail during the holidays. Sending postcards to prison isn’t the only way to stay connected, but who doesn’t love getting awesome pictures in the mail from their family and friends? Here are 5 fun photo ideas to help you stay connected to your incarcerated loved ones during the holiday season!
1. Take Photos Of The Family Cooking
One of the best parts of the holidays are getting together and cooking meals with family. Take pictures during the cooking process to help your incarcerated friend or family member feel like they are a part of the festivities. Everyone loves home cooking and snap shots of the courses being prepared is a great way to help them feel connected and evoke feelings of home.
2. Decorating The Christmas Tree
Just like cooking, putting up a Christmas tree is a big part of getting ready for the holidays. Take photos of you or your children putting up the tree and then decorating it. If they have favorite ornaments, take some close-up shots of some of the family placing them in a prominent place on the tree. Try to capture any moments that may seem insignificant to you but just might make your incarcerated friend or family member feel like they are back home.
3. Snap Photos Of Holiday Lights
It’s fun to drive around during the holidays to look at the creative holiday lights and displays that families create to bring the holiday spirit to their homes and yards. Take photos of the houses with the best lights or most festive yard displays to send to your incarcerated friend or family member. These pictures are a great way to help them feel connected to all of the sights of the season.
4. Include A Photo Of Them When You Take Holiday Photos
Find a favorite photo of your incarcerated friend or family member and have someone hold it in a group photo or place it near a holiday display. It will make them feel like they are part of your holiday celebration.
5. Don’t Forget Your Pets
Remember to take plenty of photos of your pets! Dress them up in something fun like a Santa hat or elf costume. Pets are also a big part of our families and are missed just like any other family member, so don’t forget to include them in your picture taking!
Sending photos to those who are incarcerated is a great way to stay connected not just during the holidays, but all year long. Maintaining a strong bond with your incarcerated friend or family members can make a huge difference when they are ready to come home. Flikshop created a tool that will allow you to send photos to your loved one with a few clicks, and for less than $1 each. Your connection with them is crucial for their successful reentry as a returning citizen and we can’t wait to see what kind of amazing photos you send to your loved one this Holiday Season! Happy Holidays!