Wishing You A Merry “Cell Free” Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  I love the music, I love the fragrances, I love the spirit, and most of all I love baby Jesus (I think I have written this before).

It doesn’t look like we will be hosting any Christmas gatherings this year so I’ll have to wait until the next available holiday to be a smart alec.  But the first opportunity I get I’m going to have some fun.

Back in Tombstone Arizona, Wyatt Earp took over as Marshal to clean up the town.  As the story goes, one of the first things he did was to ban guns.  You checked your guns when you came into town, and picked them up on the way out.

So, I’m going to do a Wyatt Earp impersonation, make a sign and post it on the front door which will read: “Check your phones at the door, and pick them up on the way out.”   This will probably ensure that our home will never host a holiday gathering ever again.  Of course, that would be an unfortunate unintended consequence.

Recently I listened to a psychiatrist explain that cell phone addiction was a real phenomenon.  A nationally known talk show host admitted that she was addicted to her phone.  Actually, most young people, and a few older ones, don’t need phones, because they never talk.  The cell is used as a computer for email and texting.  In between they get on the Internet for other stuff.  It’s really quiet at a family cell phone gathering.

This Thanksgiving we were honored to have our two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson join us for the holiday.  Our youngest son and his wife took an extended vacation time in conjunction with the holiday, and agreed to eschew the cell phone thing for their own privacy.  And it was quite enjoyable to sit and not have to watch everyone stare into that little thing.  Well, not quite everyone.  Our older son was very sociable with very limited cell use, but our grandson, well, we certainly love our grandson.

We are blessed to hang out regularly with an older generation (anyone over fifty is an older generation) of folks where we actually talk and enjoy normal human interaction.  But when we find ourselves with younger people (and a few older ones), well, what can I say.

So, for those of you who will celebrate the blessed Christmas season with the young, instead of “Caroling,” you will probably be “Cellularing.”  Instead of “conversation,” you will probably engage in “convertextion.”

But however it goes, being with family is wonderful.  Being with family and celebrating the birth of Christ is best.  Nothing in all of history holds such simplicity, beauty and mystery.  I pray to be able and see it with new eyes and truly appreciate what it means in my life.  Oh, one final thought.  If you decide to have a “cell free” Christmas, don’t do what I plan in the future, rather, call Siri and see what advice you can get.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!





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