If you need to connect with family or friends over the holidays, you might want to try appear.in instead of Skype…
It’s pretty cool… you just go to http://appear.in/whatever where “whatever” is the name of the room you want to create
The person or persons you want to talk to can use the same website to connect to you without signing up for an account or anything They have to use Firefox, Opera or Chrome though and obviously have a webcam.
I do NOT recommend people use this to talk to each other on this forum, however if you need to connect with a friend or relative with a webcam who is clueless about setting up Skype you can email or instant message your link and it’s usually pretty straightforward on getting connected.
Much easier than Skype and much better video quality.