Right now, we are smack in the middle of the holiday season. You may be at work again, in between Christmas and New Year, but there are still a couple of days coming to you with celebrations.
We just had a lovely Christmas with family and are taking this week to relax with our children who are off school until the fourth of January.
That said, it is so important to have quality time together when we have the chance. When school is in session, there is homework times three, afterschool activities, volunteering, and before you know it, our days are full and not much time is spent just being together.
On the fourth week of Advent at our church, the priest spoke about presence versus presents. There is a big difference, and children feel it. And you know what? So do parents. We all need that quality time with those we love. And having time off is also great for time with my husband, away from the computers and devices.
And let’s be honest: there are some people (a lot of people) who don’t have anyone to be with during the holidays. If you have family and friends, it is a very profound gift in its own right.
Would you be surprised to know that TELUS is actually promoting time away from tech for the holiday season? It’s true. They want me to help Canada get into Holiday Mode by spreading the word on social media. The more Canadians in Holiday Mode, the merrier! They sent me a package before the holidays began with some great goodies for me and my family, along with this:
Commercials for sales and shopping are absolutely everywhere. It’s so refreshing to know a company is trying to make a social difference during this time. We as a society need to shift our way of thinking. Tech can be so addictive. And even though I love it, and use technology for writing and reading, just like a magazine or book, there is a time and place. We made a conscious effort to give gifts to our children that inspired creativity and thinking. And some of those gifts were meant to be shared as a family. Board games, puzzles, crafts…I mean, adults are buying colouring books! It’s clear we need some quiet time to chill.
The only real reason I’m carrying my phone around these days is to speak to family from far and take pictures of my kids. TELUS believes there is no greater connection than a human connection. And trust me when I say they really show it in so many ways. As a #TeamTELUS advocate, I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with a company going the extra mile to make a difference.
OK, before this post gets too long, I just have one more thing…giveaway!
Yes, that’s right! I’ve been offered a JBL CLIP+ Bluetooth Speaker to give away from TELUS!!
I have one and we use it often. The sound quality is amazing and it’s so small you can bring it everywhere. It can aslo hook unto your backpack or stroller (Mamas! Music while you stroll baby!)
To enter fill in the Rafflecopter form below and be sure to comment with your favourite way to get into Holiday Mode using the tools and inspiration over at telus.com/expectmore.
Simple as that!
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Winner will be chosen randomly and will need to answer a skill testing question to receive giveaway. Deadline to enter is January 10th at 11:59pm.
Good luck to all!
I hope you all enjoy your time off for celebrations, quality time, giving back in some way and relaxing in Holiday Mode.
i love the holiday mode sweaters and fireplace — so cute!
We had christmas songs playing as we baked cookies!
We get into the holiday mode by watching Christmas movies. It really helps bring up the excitement.
We love to watch Christmas films and listen to Christmas tunes while baking away with the grandchildren!
we watch Christmas movies
I watch holiday movies and decorate the tree
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I turn off the phone and watch holiday shows with my family. Family food & fun is my holiday mode
I get into holiday mode by baking
FAMILY DINNER AND LONG DRIVE
We decorate the house, bake & play Christmas songs.
I wear Christmas themed sweaters!
When I put up the Christmas tree and decorations,I start to get in the holiday mode 🙂
We spend time together as a family playing games, having special dinners and going out for walks.
Decorating and baking get me in the holiday spirit
I start playing Christmas music on Dec 1st and don’t stop until January 1st!
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I get into the mode by decorating and making cookies.
We listen to Xmas music and decorate the house, this gets us in the mode!
We get to the mode by decorating our house and spending time with family
We watch holiday movies!!
By listening to christmas music!
I have a cookies exchange at my home. This way I have to be prepared in advance for friends as well as the Holidays! Great start for things done on time!
I listen to music.
We love to listen to holiday music and bake!
we get into the mood by going and picking out our tree and seeing the lights display on Thanksgiving evening…
I get into the Holiday Mode by baking and listening to Christmas music
I get into the holiday mode by putting on some Christmas tunes, eating a candy cane and putting up the tree!
playing Christmas music
by listening to music and decorating
listening to Christmas music and decorating gets me in the holiday mood
we watch Christmas movies
We get into holiday mode by putting up the decorations quite early and play nothing but xmas music!
We do a lot of baking and listen to Christmas music
blasting the christmas music while decorating for the holidays helped us get into the spirit
Baking cookies and decorating the house and tree
we have our own photo booth sessions and karaoke battles
I play Christmas music first thing in the morning. When the kids wake up they are in the Holiday spirit… happy and excited.
We put out our decorations, talk about traditions, plan shopping, enjoy christmas music.
We play holiday music
we watch holiday movies, play music and decorate the tree to get into the spirit
watch Christmas films and listen to Christmas tunes
Love to watch christmas movies, non stop playing of Christmas carols
listening to carols and decorating
We sign a lot of Christmas songs
by watching Christmas movies
I get into holiday mode by listening to holiday music and by baking up sweet holiday treats!!
I listen to classic Christmas tunes sung by Burl Ives, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, etc.
We always get into holiday mode by getting out the Christmas music…specifically Boney M!
listening to Christmas music, checking out the lights, watching movies
We listen to carols while doing Christmas baking.
wrapping gifts, decorating cookies, decorating the tree and watching christmas movies.
I play Christmas music and bake cookies
We listen to Christmas music & watch movies.
Playing holiday music and Christmas carols put me into holiday mode.
I get into the holiday mode by listening to Christmas carols and baking
Listening to Christmas music puts me in the holiday mood.
Decorating the tree while playing my favorite mix of classic 60’s Christmas songs gets that special spirit of the season going!
I have my kids help me decorate.
We watch holiday movies, music, bake and try to stay away from our devices a little bit.
We bake cookies and sing christmas carols
Christmas baking definitely gets me in the mode!
We watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music.
I love to watch christmas movies and listen to christmas music
I go on a Christmas light walk with my daughter -works every time!
I watch holiday movie.
To get into the Holiday Mode, we play Christmas music, decorate the home, drink eggnog and bake for the holidays.
Decorating, music and getting out the wrapping paper!
My family and I listen to Christmas carols as we bake sugar cookies
we decorated the house and did lots of baking
We get into the holiday mode by watching Christmas movies.
Family dinner and movie.
Got into holiday mode by listening to Christmas Music and watching lots of Christmas movies.
We get into the holiday mode by watching Christmas movies
we get into holiday mode by listening to music, baking, decorating and watching are favorite holiday shows, spending time as a family
Christmas music is played in my house and in the car around Christmas time I love it
I get into the holiday mode by christmas tunes and baking, fill the house with music and great aromas is a good way to start the holiday cheer off right.