Celebrate a Cell Phone Free Christmas
Life is full of distractions, and your parents seem to be the most heavily distracted people in the universe. They’re always behind a screen, either checking out a recipe online, answering a text or email from a co-worker or placing the final touches on their boss’ report that’s due by the end of the week. Everyone says that teenagers are hiding behind their cell phones, but you’ve learned it from your parents.
This holiday season; make a pact with your parents to take a break from their cell phone – doing the same yourself – replacing it with fun new traditions and gaining incredible memories. Here are some helpful tips on how your family can unplug:
Thanksgiving is a family affair.
This Thanksgiving is a perfect date for your first No Cell Phone Day (a tradition that can be carried on throughout the year). Thanksgiving is synonymous with family and everyone you care about most gathering together in one place. From the kitchen to the table to the couch, consider mixing up the day with additional activities, such as a family ball game in the yard, or board and card games in the living room. Make the most of your time in real-time, not via a Facebook newsfeed.
One of the best gifts you can give during Christmas is undivided attention.
Given the ceaseless distractions today, one’s full attention is a valuable commodity. Spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day away from your phone. If you’re up for the challenge, go Christmas shopping with your mom – no cell phones allowed. I’m sure you’ll learn more about what really is on her Christmas list if you’re paying attention to her rather than your Twitter Feed. Plus, the two of you might create fun new traditions like sipping on Peppermint Hot Chocolates while trying on fancy holiday dresses or jewelry. Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to the people you care about. Give them the gift of your full attention. After all, it’s only for a few days or hours.
A new kind of New Year’s resolution: Less time distracted with unimportant pabulum.
Exercise more, eat better, read more, learn a second language, donate time to charity…yes, these are all great resolutions. But, while technology offers unprecedented convenience and even safety, it’s clear that surfing the web can be about as productive as surfing channels on TV. Tweeting and posting on Instagram is cool, smelling the roses (or the red beans and rice) is even cooler!
Make a list of 10 great memories!
None of these moments will involve a cell phone or computer. This holiday season is the perfect time to make 10 more great memories! Send us a message on Facebook or #SilentCellPhone with your new 10 “cellphoneless” memories.