[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″ id=”” class=”post-content” style=””][text_output]Holidays are special times for everyone, a time when school is out, and others are away from work. In France, the law guarantees employees a “right to disconnect” on weekends. We aren’t so lucky and need holidays. That is when we shrug off the drudge of our daily routine, recharge and focus on things that are more personal and less demanding.

Unfortunately, marketers don’t see it that way. They reel us in with deals and offers and we end up exchanging one stress for another. Our usual routine pushes us to meet the expectations of our employers, creditors, families, friends, and peers; with it comes a mixture of disappointment and success. Holiday madness adds the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Week deals as well as Christmas shopping.

The new holiday routine introduces new stresses like; where to spend, how to spend and who to spend on. The flip side being, what will we get, who will give to me and ultimately paying for the things we spent on. What happened to the TRUE holiday spirit? Do we still take this time to treasure the family and friends that we have overlooked during our weekly routine? Have holidays lost their meaning?

A report in The Guardian newspaper says, our obsession with smartphones, computers, email and social media generates everything from sleeplessness to anxiety. Holidays should be our respite, but we are losing the art of face-to-face fellowship even at this time. It is far too common to see people at family gatherings flipping out their smartphones and sending photos to “virtual” friends when the real ones are right in front of them.

During this holiday season, put down your devices, set your computers aside and disconnect from social media enough to treasure those people you hold dear. Holidays are more than giving gifts they are a time to be thankful for our loved ones. Reconnect with the true meaning of this special season and enjoy your time to disconnect. It is a season to be jolly and to reflect.

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