A few days ago, I celebrated another Christmas at home with my parents and brother (who’d come to visit).
But this one was a bit different.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I spent my day cellphone- and Blackberry-free.
Perhaps it was the frustration I’d been experiencing at work lately.
Or maybe I’d suddenly had a bit of electronic overload.
But at 20 minutes to midnight on Christmas Eve, I shut off my portable devices and didn’t look at them for the next 34 hours.
And man, was it a glorious feeling! No rings, ringtones, alerts, beeps, bloops, or anything of the type.
In Christmases past, this cellular shutdown would usually last until sometime after dinner. But not this time.
I just sat back and hung out with the family … opened some presents, watched a little TV, did some crocheting, and filled my belly with foodie goodness.
A couple times, I thought about how strange it was I didn’t have an inkling of an urge to go upstairs and turn my phone on.
To be fair, it wasn’t completely electronic-free – I did surf the internet and check my e-mail and Facebook.
But hey – it’s a start, right? Baby steps.
And perhaps it’s a “tradition” I should revisit – and expand upon – for future holidays.