The holiday season is upon us, and as you gather with loved ones we are encouraging families and friends to disconnect from technology in order to build connections with those closest to them. Too often spending “quality” time together means sitting in a room with your family while everyone is on their separate devices. It is easy to be pulled into the allure of the blue light of your cell phone screen, but face-to-face interaction is necessary for humans to thrive. Below are some of our favorite ways to convince your family to set down their phones and come together to build real memories and interactions this holiday season.
- Share some of your favorite childhood traditions with your children. Did you always watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve? Or light sparklers at midnight on New Year’s Eve? Think back to your fondest memories of the holidays, and bring them back to life with your kids.
- Be dramatic. Act out a favorite holiday play, or have a family talent show.
- Break out the flour and sugar and make Christmas cookies. If you can resist eating them all yourself (we wouldn’t judge you!), share them with friends and neighbors.
- Learn about other cultures. Find out how people from other cultures celebrate the holidays, and incorporate some of their traditions in with your own.
- Set aside a day to relax. Spend the day reading, watching movies, play board games and resting.