Catch some holiday magic

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Catch some holiday magic

Story By: STAFF WRITER
11/29/2018


Just when winter is about to dig its icy claws into the landscape, ready to confine most everyone to the great indoors, there’s quite a bit of holiday activities going on outside to take away the chill and warm the heart. Don’t let it get away.

Many people will miss it though, because let’s face it, we’re all too dependent on technology, and apparently overly preoccupied by it. Well, maybe not all, but that’s certainly the case for many. 

The information highway that can now be reached with a swipe or the touch of a key has no doubt enriched our lives in so many ways. But whatever knowledge gained through it has come with a cost: isolation. Essentially, through our cellphones and computers, we can get whatever information or interaction we need with little or no human contact. But we all need that personal and in-person connection. It’s certainly what communities thrive on.

So here we are at the beginning of the holiday season, and there are a number of community events taking place, such as parades, menorah and tree lightings, caroling and holiday house tours. These activities provide an opportunity to reconnect with neighbors, friends and especially families while also having a bit of fun. The question is: how many of us will be able to break away from technology long enough to participate?

It’s been reported that 26 percent of Americans are almost always online. Huh? And then in a 2018 national survey that was conducted by Asurion (www.asurion.com), a Nashville-based technology solutions company, only a few of us are capable of breaking that pattern. Case in point: The survey noted that 97 percent of Americans are addicted to all their technical devices. For instance, the average person checks their phone 80 times a day or once every 12 minutes. That doesn’t leave very much time to do anything else.

So here’s a thought: During this festive season, try turning off the T.V. and computer. Put down the cellphones and tablets and get out there among other people to experience some of the holiday magic that’s currently going on. Better do it now; it’ll be over before you know it.