Santa wasn’t at all too pleased with himself and even considered putting himself on the naughty list. He too had become engrossed and caught up in he technology craze and as such had made and delivered tons of cell phones, cellular devices and what not to people throughout the world over the previous decade or so.
He now was very troubled by the way those devices seemed to have kept people from spending quality time together rather than bringing them closer together as he had hoped. Instead of using them to simply connect with family, friends and loved ones to share the joy of the holiday, he noticed they were instead being used to do all sorts of other things that in effect dis-connected them with their families and loved ones.
He saw families who though were together physically, not really communicating with each other or spending quality time together, especially on Christmas and it troubled him deeply.
As this Christmas neared he called a meeting with the Elves to get their opinion on the subject and gain in their wisdom. The Eves admitted that they too were troubled by what they had witnessed and felt guilty for helping make the devices in the first place. They also advised Santa that while they could still see the potential good in the devices, at the same time they hoped people could at least for one day putt them aside and truly enjoy each other’s company which hopefully would change their habits going forward.
Their words and advice gave Santa a wonderful idea. He decided to use his magic to give the world and families in particular a day without the distraction of cellular devices.
As he entered each home to leave his presents, he cast a one day spell upon the house where each cell phone or tablet would only work if the individual was calling a loved one and for nothing else. Knowing it might cause chaos if people tried to use their phones and they didn’t work, he left a note regarding what he had done and wished for them a very merry cell free Christmas.
Although some folks mumbled and groaned over what he had done, for the most part his plan worked to the tee. Instead of checking their facebook statuses, tweeting, checking their various apps and watching whatever they watched on them, they put them aside and enjoyed the beauty of the day spent together with family and friends.
They discussed the topics of the day, told stories of Christmases past, played games, went on walks together, enjoyed mass together and re-connected with each other through simply being together and enjoying each other’s company.
Seeing families thusly filled Santa and the Elves with joy and left them with the hope that having truly re-connected with each other that from here on out folks would keep technology in perspective and remember how much more joy they received from “really” being together.
I hope you enjoyed my 2015 Christmas story and my wish and prayer is that everyone re-connect this day with family, friends and loved ones, especially those that might be alone or feeling disconnected from the world.
Peace and love to you and yours.