As I prepare to shut down my computer for the Christmas holidays, I wonder — do people troll around in cyberspace, reading blogs — like this one, for instance — over holiday weekends, or are they busy mixing the mint flavored Irish Creme with the coffee and goat’s milk — like over here, for instance — and settling down for an intense game of cribbage?
Between Facebook and Twitter and Stumbleupon and Digg and Reddit and Linked In and My Space and Have I Missed Any, we modern folks can spend an awful lot of time parked in front of a screen.
From the standpoint of someone who markets online for Steve Henderson Fine Art, not to mention my own blog, I am grateful that people are wandering around on the Internet, but at the same point, I sincerely hope that these same people take time, over Christmas, to shut everything off, brew some tea, and sit around the living room with living, breathing human beings.
Years ago, when we lived in town, we traveled six miles to my parents for Christmas dinner, and the highlight of the trip was passing by the shopping mall: for that one day, Christmas Day, it was completely closed, the parking lot empty, as every employee of every little store was given the time off to be with family and loved ones.
It is not as if someone would be running out of specialized basketball court shoes, candycane scented soap, or black and purple striped socks, over Christmas Day.
While I have no sugarplum illusions that cyber activity will cease over Christmas Day (and yes, I realize that not everyone celebrates Christmas), I sincerely hope that people look forward to the 2011 New Year as a fresh opportunity to connect and re-connect with family, friends, and potential friends in a myriad of ways: Facebook, great; e-mail, quick and free; Twitter, rapid-fire updates; texting — please, not when you’re driving.
Marrying well with these communication methods are a personal note on nice stationary to a friend, an evening glass of wine with the spouse, a game of cards with a sibling, serious time with a quality book just by oneself. No cell phone, no Ipod, no Blackberry, no laptop, no electronics.
Merry Christmas, everyone.