How do you normally spend Christmas morning? With family, friends, on your own? Do you have your laptop or phone with you all the time?
For me, regardless of whether I’m with family or with friends, I have started to notice that my phone is sneaking its way into the festivities which means I’m not truly present. My phone obsession usually starts when I wake up – I go to Facebook and send a message to my friends. Then there are the friends that I send personal messages to via WhatsApp or by text/email. Of course, then I have to wait for replies and sometimes this can result in a bit of conversation. Then there may be a phone call or two…
Before I know it, it’s almost time for Christmas dinner and I’ve been so distracted I’ve missed a lot of good stuff – absentmindedly opening my presents, missing my nephews’ excitement as they open theirs. So this year I’ve decided to do things differently.
At lunch time today (Christmas Eve) I will turn off my notifications and leave them off until the evening of December 26. I’ll take pictures as I love to do this, but I’ll save sharing them until Boxing Day evening.
I love Christmas Eve and Boxing Day as much as, if not more than, Christmas Day and this year I want to be present all the way through.
So I’ll take this moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting The Mindful Journey throughout the year. I feel very blessed and grateful.
I hope you have a lovely time wherever you are and however you are celebrating.