Growing up the best memories I have during the holidays were made by spending time with my grandparents. TV’s were not turned on, phone calls were not made (nor received, because other people were spending time with their families as well) and family sat around the table (usually all day) just talking, playing games and enjoying time together.
It saddens and troubles me that people in our society are so detached from each other, that this commercial, as well as others, depicts time spent with family as if it is the worst punishment one could possibly endure. As I look around, I feel that our society as a whole appears unable to REALLY interact with those around us apart from the use of an inanimate piece of technology. Social media has replaced genuine social interaction.
Ok – enough Debbie Downer!!
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. The truth is that all the generations have so much to learn from each other just by talking to each other (I know it sounds totally CRAZY but it’s TRUE!).
What would happen if this holiday season we were to focus on what is REALLY important – making memories with the people we love?!
Here are some ideas that might assist in this fanatical social experiment.
Have each person (no matter the age), share their favorite holiday memory or tradition.
Have every family bring a board game to play.
Instead of everyone tearing through presents open one at a time so you can see what everyone else got as well as their expression when they opened your gift.
Ask questions about family history.
Here are a couple of suggested questions to ask your parents or grandparents
How did you celebrate holidays as children?
What was your favorite thing to do during the holidays?
Were there any ethnic based traditions your parents/grandparents employed to celebrate the holidays?
This holiday season find new ways to spend time together, bring out the games (for my family the game Fact or Crap is a favorite). Leave the phones off during family time (unless using them to take pictures with/of your family or to video tape your family history as shared by your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles).