As the holiday season launches with the arrival of Thanksgiving later this week, let’s think about what it really means to communicate at the holiday table. Really communicating — not texting or Facebooking or Twittering. Let’s all remember to respect the family dining experience – especially when seated at a holiday table with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as parents and siblings or friends.
Take time to enjoy each other…
In this day of doing everything on the run, let’s take the time to really enjoy the time with family and friends while preserving the memories of special moments for years to come. It should be a time to talk to each other and share conversation in a relaxed fashion. This means adults and kids alike, put away the video games, phones and iPads for an afternoon or evening and focus on the people around you. There is plenty of time to play games, text and Facebook with friends during the rest of the year, but holidays are for family and close friends to interact by talking, laughing, sharing stories and memories while enjoying good food and fun. Let’s take the time to really be thankful for each other by showing it.
- Get everyone involved in the day by helping with the meal or serving drinks.
- Have the younger kids make placecards for the dining table.
- Plan an activity or game that gets everyone involved. I especially like the “Ask Me Anything” at this link.
And this way of reacting to each other shouldn’t be reserved for holidays alone, but it seems in our fast-paced lives, this is often the only time we have to be together without the pressures of work and other responsibilities. So enjoy the rest of this holiday season and make sure you set the example and teach the younger members of the family what real memories are about. Today’s electronics will be long forgotten when the next new gadget or version comes along, but real family times and memories will last forever.
What ideas can you come up with to help your family interact during the holidays? Share them with me by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you!
- Communicating at the Table (wordsetcwriting.com)
- Happy Thanksgiving! (chroniclesofl.wordpress.com)
- How it’s supposed to be: letting go for the holidays (justherejustnow.wordpress.com)
- Remembering Thanksgiving Past (marypenich.wordpress.com)
- Thanksgiving table settings (theprepcrew.wordpress.com)