Disconnect to Reconnect: Tech-Free Holiday Traditions for Friends and Family

In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, quality time spent with family and friends is cherished more than ever. Make the most of your gatherings this holiday season by taking a break from technology and enjoying each other’s company!

One of our customers shared this “rule” for her dinner parties, including holiday gatherings. She sets out a large bowl or basket for everyone to leave their phones and tablets in when they enter the door. No phone calls, texting or social media leads to lively conversation and an engaged group of guests.

Simple things like a day of baking and decorating cookies can become a fun annual tradition. Invite family or friends, turn up the music, share stories and start baking. Your hands will be so full of cookie dough that you won’t be able to use your phone! Depending on the group you invite and how much time you have, you can mix assorted doughs or even bake the cookies in advance and host a cookie decorating party.

Cornerstone: cookie decorating party

Cookie expert Kathi Frelk shares her favorite recipes, tips and family stories in “Kathi’s Cookie Chronicles.” You can meet this talented baker, taste samples, learn decorating tips, and purchase signed copies of her book on Nov. 11 during our Holiday Open House.

Cornerstone: "Kathi's Cookie Chronicles"

Host a gift-wrapping party to catch up with friends. Ask each guest to bring a roll or two of their favorite wrapping paper and ribbons, while you provide tape, tags, light appetizers, and a signature holiday cocktail. You’ll have a Pinterest-worthy party while tackling what many consider a holiday chore! Designer Suzanne Valentino will demonstrate how to make beautiful bows on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 during our Holiday Open House.

Cornerstone: gift wrapping

Other fun options to spend quality time with family and friends include puzzle or game nights; a weekend hike or walk in the park to connect with each other and with nature; and volunteering. Even if you can’t commit to a regular schedule, there are many family-friendly opportunities during the holiday season to introduce children to giving back and supporting their communities.

Cornerstone: puzzle

Win a Cornerstone Shop Gift Card!

We’d love to hear about your holiday traditions with family or friends. Post a favorite holiday tradition on our Facebook page for your chance to win a $75 Cornerstone Shop & Gallery gift card!

The Cornerstone Shop is a lifestyle store in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, offering a wide range of gifts for all occasions, as well as tabletop and entertaining pieces, holiday and home décor, women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories, and more.

The public is invited to attend the store’s annual Holiday Open House, featuring special guests including Dishique artist Megan Steffen and LANG Artist Jane Shasky, plus great gift ideas, special offers, treats and refreshments, drawings and more! Visit cornerstoneshoppe.com for details.