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Be Present This Holiday Season

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of work and writing and Christmas shopping. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and this year, I’m hosting Christmas dinner for my extended family. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but I do enjoy these family events, and the shopping! I love picking out gifts for my loved ones. But enough about that.

Christmas, Be Present This Holiday Season, Lisa Orchard
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Today, I’d like to talk about being present this holiday season. I’ve noticed over the past year that many people take selfies when they’re out with loved ones and post them on social media. I know this is important when you’re building your brand, but we are so much more than our image on social media.

I challenge everyone to be present with your family and friends this holiday season. Make sure this season is about them and not building your brand. Take pictures for the memories and don’t worry about social media. You can always go back to building your brand after the holidays.

Really enjoy the moment whatever it may be. If you go to a Christmas parade, don’t just take a selfie and be done with it. Put the camera away and be present with your companions. We won’t get these moments back, and they’re so much more satisfying than getting hearts and likes on social media.

Christmas Parade, Parade, Lisa Orchard, Be Present this Holiday Season
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This is how we get our connections back. This is how we strengthen our bonds with our families and friends. This is how we fight disconnection. We can’t afford to become more disconnected than we already are. Research has shown that increased amounts of screen time can be associated with anxiety, depression, and leads to social isolation which in turn leads to lower self-esteem.

I’m not a therapist, but aren’t these all ingredients for mental health issues? What if we increased our ability to be present and strengthen our bonds with family and friends off of social media. Maybe we’d see a decline in mass shootings and suicides.

Social Media, Be Present this Holiday Season, Lisa Orchard
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So, let’s make sure we’re present this holiday season and strengthen those bonds with our loved ones. Maybe start some new family traditions or hold up some old ones. My family has started a new tradition of playing cards during our time together, and while we’re playing, we reminisce and laugh about our antics growing up. It’s a great way to foster that connection we all need.

How about you? How do you strengthen your family connections? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

9 thoughts on “Be Present This Holiday Season

  1. Great post, Lisa. This is a perfect time of year to not only strengthen one-to-one connections, but repair others….and certainly create new connections as well. I also agree being in the moment and getting the most out of each one is such a worthwhile goal to achieve for all of us.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. You are so right, I forgot to mention about repairing connections. Christmas is always a good time to try and heal wounds. I hope you have a great holiday season. ❤

  2. There is someone in my extended family who really struggles with this. They seem to care more about taking photos than actually emotionally connecting with their relatives or creating happy memories.

    There are other things going on with this relative that lie outside the scope of your post, too, but it’s sad and makes me wonder if a lot of people who prioritize photos over connections and memories also behave the way my relative does in other ways as well.

    1. Yeah, it makes you wonder. doesn’t it? I worry about the next generation a lot. I don’t want my boys growing up in a superficial world where everything is about branding and spinning the truth to make sure you’re captured in your best light. I hope it doesn’t work out that way, but that’s the trend right now, that’s for sure. Thanks for stopping by Lydia. I always enjoy hearing your perspective. 🙂

  3. This world is so full of separation and disconnection. The holidays should be a reminder to come together and be together. Well said, Lisa. Loved your idea of playing cards or even games. Need some new traditions for sure. Leave those cell phones alone and just be present with a loved one. Happy Holidays, girlfriend!

  4. Great idea. I agree the whole idea is to create memories and not focus on social media compliant pictures. I hope you have a great holiday season.

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