Each Thanksgiving you expect cranberry sauce, turkey, pumpkin pie, a few extra pounds and lots of hugs from family. But boisterous cell phone rings? Camera flashes? Pinging of Pokemon catches? Noise of Vine? The jangle of rapid-fire texts? Chirp of Twitter? Gasps of laughter at Facebook posts? Regrettably, these are some new habits that have now invaded the traditional Thanksgiving day festivities.
To help keep harmony when your family gathers next week, here are a few tips that will ensure a peaceful and stress-free Thanksgiving without the interference of overpowering cell phone usage.
Silence is golden – All cell phones should be on silent or vibrate on Thanksgiving day
Create a cell-phone free zone – Family can text, talk, surf online, and check Facebook as much as they want during the football game and kitchen prep, but not at the Thanksgiving table
No paparazzi – Take photos of family before or after the meal, but don’t whip out your camera phone during dinner
Take personal conversations outside (or in a different room) – If you must take or make a call on Thanksgiving day, step outside or into another room, so that others are not forced to overhear your call
Is a family meal really too long to go without connecting to the rest of the world -- and living in the moment?
One more thing…
“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” … The horse may know the way but still … don’t text and drive!!
Wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving !!!