Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and Christmas is not far behind. During the holidays, there’s a lot to take pictures of – pretty decor, food, loved ones. By all means, take the pictures, but that’s it. Then put the phone down; disconnect.
Our instinct at this time of year is to share, to be more interconnected, but then we cannot be fully present. Now – tonight – is the time to start disengaging and grounding ourselves, or the holidays will just go by.
On Thanksgiving as well as Christmas Day, I always try to have my phone away for most of the day. Especially when family is over, during lunch/dinner, and when opening gifts, I ensure my phone is in another room.
Honestly, there are few moments in the year when I feel fully disconnected. I like to treat holidays and celebrations as special and sacred, not to be tarnished with the distraction of technology, which can make them feel as ordinary as any other day.
By detaching from our phones, we engage with reality and with our loved ones – and that’s what this time of year is really about anyway.