Put the Phone Down and Enter #HolidayMode this Christmas with TELUS

Running a website, it goes without saying that I’m on my phone a lot. But if ever there was a time to put down the phone and focus on the present, it’s during the holidays. And this year my amazing phone company TELUS challenged me and a few of my friends to put down our phones and enjoy catching up on life at a festive lunch as we entered “Holiday Mode.”

The mission was simple. All our phones went in the middle of the table and were off limits until the end of the meal. And as a reward for shutting off and catching up, TELUS footed the bill! I headed out with a few of the fellow mothers that I visit with at the boys’ activities and prepared for some tech-free quality time!

holiday mode phone stack with telus

Now I have to admit that I didn’t expect to have any problem with the challenge. While I do use my phone often, I don’t have any qualms about leaving it at home when I leave the house, even if I’m out most of the day. As a result, I didn’t expect to mind leaving it in the middle of the table either. But I soon realized that when my phone is right in front of me, not grabbing it randomly is a lot harder!

I also realized that even though my friends and I have great conversations, we’ve gotten into the habit of grabbing our phones and flipping through notifications when the conversation lulls. Entering Holiday Mode meant that instead of filling occasional silence with phone checking, we had to focus on finding other topics to discuss. And as a result, we actually had a much more interesting conversation than usual!

ribs and beer holidaymode

With plenty of family visiting coming up shortly for me, I plan on entering Holiday Mode many more times throughout the Christmas season. I have to admit that I really like the freedom of not worrying about what’s happening online. That’s probably partly why I sometimes like leaving my phone at home but even when it’s in my pocket, leaving it alone while visiting is a great feeling!

Technology is such an important part of our lives and it’s certainly something that I love. My smartphone lets me stay connected with friends and family no matter where I am and is an essential tool for running my business as well. But remembering to set it aside and enjoy time with loved ones is just as important, and I’m so happy that TELUS helped remind my friends and me of that fact. Follow the #HolidayMode hashtag on Twitter to see how others are doing, then challenge yourself to enter Holiday Mode over Christmas and celebrate being with the people you care about!

mommy kat and kids RP

69 thoughts on “Put the Phone Down and Enter #HolidayMode this Christmas with TELUS”

  1. I thought this was a great idea, people sitting there text-ting when they are visiting or having dinner drives me crazy plus not to mention rude!

  2. I like this idea and great challenge but just thought I would mention too that we as a family have a house rule that phone calls are not made or accepted during our dinner.

  3. yeah, I see that constantly when we go to eat out…I don’t actually personally have a phone and husband knows the rule..if he doesn’t want me to get up and walk out on him, he turns off the phone …. I’m only 50 but to me ,its rude … I know its a different generation these days, but seriously, if my kids pulled that at the table, I’d loose it and I personally just don’t know why anyone thinks its ok or allows it (my kids both had phones at grade 6 so they could call to let me know to pick them up when school functions had them going off on the bus to the city for band or for all the sports they were in)

  4. Technology is great but when I was young you had to use a pay phone and if you were out people had to call you back, now people are connected to their job 24/7 which is so sad after all we are suppose to work to make a living not living to work! So this is a great idea!

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