I'm Unplugging For The Memories This Christmas, You Should Too

I'm Unplugging For The Memories This Christmas, You Should Too

Enjoy your time with loved ones.

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We have had an obscene amount of technology within our reach for quite some time. People everywhere are constantly on their phones looking at photos, talking to people across the country etc. in seconds with the touch of a button. While all of that is great, it takes away the value of being with someone face to face and making memories.

I don't know about you, but I don't want every Christmas or holiday memory to have holes in it because I was busy uploading photos or posting a status update about the food. I want to be able to look back on time with my family and remember as much of it as I possibly can.

Have you ever noticed that you can't remember an entire section of your day or what you may have discussed with someone because you had your phone in your hands? I'll admit that sometimes I blank on an entire day's events because I was using my phone while everything was going on.

Sometimes I'll be on my phone so much it dies halfway through the day and then I am visibly lost for the rest of the day because I've missed too much of what's going on to catch up, but I no longer have my phone to engage with. Then it's just awkward.

The more I think about this the more the idea of leaving my phone at home or turning it off on Christmas appeals to me. This is the second Christmas I will be spending with my boyfriend and to be honest I don't remember much of our first Christmas together because we were on our phones the entire time.

That combined with the fact that he's spending Christmas with my family for the first time, I don't want to miss out on what could be incredible memories and moments. I want to be able to look back on my holiday and remember all of it.

I know that sometimes in holidays or family gatherings, there can be conflict. Sometimes that weird uncle that no one likes says something out of left field that leaves grandma reeling. It happens. Who wouldn't want the safety and security of their cell phone to hide behind in that time?

But sometimes it's the hard moments that make or break a family. Those are the things I want to be able to remember. All of it. The big and the small, the good and the bad. Christmas is about magic and joy and togetherness. Not recording it all just so you can kind of remember it a few years later because you didn't actually live it.

I want to remember everything so that years from now when I have children or maybe when I'm by myself thinking about the holidays, I can relive the memories and really reminisce through my own point of view, not through a cellphone.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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