While it’s certainly exciting to find presents under a tree, there are hundreds of other ways to embrace the joy of this season. It will come as no surprise that one of mine includes phone conversations, while the other … well … it can be phone-related too.
One of the things I enjoy the most about this season is reaching friends and family on the phone. During the rush, rush, rush of my everyday life, I don’t often take the time, but in the coming weeks I know I’ll sit in my favourite chair and share stories, laughter and love with some of my very favourite people in many parts of the world.
Growing up in Northern Ontario, with family spread across the country and into the U.S., phone calls were definitely a part of every childhood Christmas. Here’s a fun two-minute video reminder of the costs of those calls over the years:
And a video that includes one of the phrases that powers The Phone Lady: “The next best thing to being there.”
Another tradition I’ve kept up since childhood, which I know many of you share, is finding ways to give beyond family, friends and colleagues. Because I believe that everyone deserves the ability to communicate, be heard and access support, I’ve chosen to make donations to:
Red Bear Healing Home is a non-profit society registered with the Province of Nova Scotia (June 23, 2011) that assists people who are experiencing social and/or economic disadvantages in Nova Scotia. The Phone Lady supports the society’s Connect Voice Mail program, which provides a free phone number and voicemail to those experiencing poverty or homelessness. Participants can then be left messages for jobs, housing, health care, and so on.
Kids Help Phone provides anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information to Canadian youth aged 5 to 20. In 1992, Kids Help Phone chose to open its second regional office in Atlantic Canada. Today, as a community-based charity with a strong local presence, Kids Help Phone has a team of dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and partners in Atlantic Canada who work tirelessly to support kids in the province as they develop resilience and reach their potential — creating stronger, healthier communities for everyone. Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 professional counselling and information service supporting young people’s mental health and well-being.
What are your favourite holiday traditions? Do take a moment to share in the comment section below.
I wish you and your loved ones a very peaceful, happy, fun holiday season filled with both rest and delight. I’ll be enjoying some extra sleep, reading great fiction and spending time preparing for a fabulous 2019 (more on this next week).