Is this your family?

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Is this your family?

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  1. APX says:

    Lol! Yes! My sister-in-law and I will be sitting in the living room at my grandma’s texting back and forth.

  2. anna 6 says:

    With kids home from college for Christmas, I laid down the law today. NO PHONES AT THE DINNER TABLE!
    I have seen couples sitting at restaurants and families on vacation together not speaking to each other while texting others. I find this so depressing.

  3. Tonia says:

    If you take out the background image with the staircase and decorations and add in standing in line at McDonalds, that’s pretty much us!

  4. mike cliffson says:

    If I could see the faces, Id know if it were my family, one of my classes, or 11’oclock sunday mass pews five backwards.

  5. Ellen says:

    So far, I have avoided texting. When I sign up for my new plan, I guess I will get it since my daughter wants me to, but I will not spend my days immersed in a screen. I don’t have the need to be “in touch” 24/7

  6. Liz says:

    I was going to say “no” because I fight it at every turn. My poor teenage kids are the only ones without cell phones (even in homeschooling circles) and I only have a cheap throw away one. (My husband doesn’t have one either…he likes it that way.) HOWEVER, my college daughter just got a phone in August because it’s sort hard to function in this world without one and she called me the other day from upstairs (!!) to ask a question about the baby’s diaper. Good grief! This seem as bad as texting. We pay for her phone and her phone/texting minutes are limited so she must be careful. I do not allow texting during conversations, movie-watching, meals etc. Looking back on Thanksgiving the most fun everybody had was the cousins in one family threw a ball and a frisbee back and forth in the front yard while the parents watched from the porch, and on the other side the cousins all built a cool fort in their grandparents woods. No texting involved!

  7. digdigby says:

    At first glance, I though they were praying. I can be a little slow at times.

  8. We do text and use our phones a good bit, but not ANYTHING like that. When we are out doing things – any things – the children are forced to engage with the real world not the cyber one. The kids get to play games on my iphone sometimes when we are in the car, but that’s it.

    Of course I plead guilty to using that very device to check out this blog several times a day!

  9. Nerinab says:

    Nope, not even close. And forgive me, but I find texting while talking to other people incredibly rude. I have a young adult niece and nephew who do this and it drives me crazy. My oldest two (ages 16 and 15) do not have cell phones nor do they have FB accounts. Yes, they take a certain amount of teasing about it, but not nearly as much as people would have you think. Actually, they’re kind of known as “the kids who don’t have cell phones.” I think the Christmas card image is kind of funny, but also depressing because I think it hits the mark more than it misses.

  10. dnicoll says:

    Does this mean I shouldnt text ‘nite nite’ to my wife from my iPhone when we’re in bed? lol. This is SO our family.

  11. Mike Morrow says:

    Texting? I thought they were all playing “Angry Birds”!

  12. It’s so sad that a whole family could be wearing jeans like that even under ordinary circumstances, but at least for a Christmas card they should have put on some proper clothes. I guess that’s why I was never able to marry– I would never have stood for such a thing, so it’s not my family!

  13. AnAmericanMother says:

    Guys . . . it’s a JOKE!
    Now, many folks believe that Christmas cards should be straight up religious in content.
    Others see it as an opportunity to send a funny or entertaining photo to their friends. My parents have always sent a lighthearted group photo which could be anything from the whole family perched in a live oak tree to everybody sitting in the surf at the beach, or hanging off the causeway bridge.
    For us, it varies. For our older relatives who expect a pretty, religious-oriented card, we send art cards from one of the museums with a nice Renaissance or medieval Nativity or Annunciation.
    For the kids and their friends, it might be a Lab in a Santa hat insisting that Santa wants dog biscuits this year . . . really . . . trust me . . . .
    Never thought of a txtng Xmas crd . . . but it’s a wry comment and not serious. Seriously.

  14. hylander1986 says:

    No, it is not and it never will be if I have anything to do with it. I am sick of kids that do not socially interact with the adults present with them at the meal. I have a great appreciation for the modern technology that is smart phones and other portable electronic devices, but the current generation of kids is being taught to play with their “toys” (IMHO to keep them occupied and quiet) instead of being taught to be a part of adult conversations (which allows the children to grow up to be versatile young men and women who can talk with people of all different ages). I am 25 years old, by the way… practicing to be in the next generation of old timers. :-)

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