On paper, the holiday season is a time for meaningful moments spent with family, year-end contemplation, and stopping to reflect on the blessings in your life. For many of us, however, it can quickly turn into a jam-packed few weeks of travel logistics, social obligations, and urgent work projects to complete before the new year. If the latter sounds familiar, you’re not alone — but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of your seasonal connection with loved ones.
At Tatcha, we value “mindful multitasking” — more on that here! This means that while our team works hard to serve you, each member also strives to balance their work with other aspects of their personal journey; we’re masters at finding special moments of significance even during the busiest days.
So in celebration of our 2018 Treasure Togetherness holiday collection, which is inspired by the special bond between gift-giver and receiver, we posed an important question to the Tatcha family: how do you stay connected with your loved ones during the hustle and bustle of the holidays? We hope their traditions, both big and small, will inspire you to foster your relationships with the special people in your life… no matter where this holiday season takes you.
How Do You Stay Connected During The Holidays?
“Holiday is always a busy work travel time for me which means I'm often away from my daughter. She makes little pieces of artwork and writes notes to me that she tucks into my suitcases for me to find when I'm away. I try to call her no matter where I am in the world to sing her to sleep.”
— Vicky, Tatcha founder and Chief Treasure Hunter
“Setting aside quality time to be together... My mom and I can't always visit each other as often as we'd like, so FaceTiming is a great way to make her feel like she's right next to me.”
— Janipher, Skincare Educator
“Cards! Just a little greeting to long-distance friends to say I'm thinking of them. Also, my family has some silly rituals that have stayed since we were kids — my sisters and I always sleep in one bed together on Christmas Eve, which is a little trickier now that we're all in our 20s.”
— Alexandra, Special Projects
“‘Food is the ingredient that binds us together.’ My family is huge on coming together to celebrate by cooking together. We play games, laugh, and eat until we hate ourselves.”
— Hong, Marketing
“Fortunately all of my family lives nearby, so we will be able to get together, drink, and eat like Chinese people do! The holiday is all about being with family and loved ones, so we tried our best to spend as much time together as possible.”
— Kevin, Designer
“During holiday break, I actually spend the time to make breakfast with my kids every morning. We pick what we're going to have — pancakes, waffles, etc. the days before — and make them from scratch. Each day, we wake up as late as we want and look forward to our morning breakfast project. It's a great way to start a lazy or busy day, taking time to make something tasty together.”
— Claude, Marketing
“I make sure to take time with loved ones by traveling with them or visiting them… and if all else fails, FaceTime is an awesome way to stay connected.”
— Eric, Operations & Finance
“My husband works a non-traditional schedule and misses spending most holidays with me and our family. I always make sure to slip a homemade baked good and a note into his lunchbox before he leaves for work, and it helps him feel connected with me even if he's not there to celebrate on a special day. I’m also a big believer in handwritten sentiments, so I make an effort to send snail mail letters to far-away loved ones and let them know I’m thinking of them during the holidays.”
— Brinton, Editorial & Marketing
“My mother-in-law taught me how to make her sweet potato pies. Everyone in my husband's family take her pies seriously because she only makes them during the holidays and around 10 years ago, she was going to sell them in stores. For the past 3 years, I now make them during the holidays... Although making these pies are time consuming, it became a tradition in the family my husband and I have started to show our loved ones we are still with them even if we can't see them.”
— Jessica, Team Love
“My Mom had certain dishes that she used during the holidays. She passed on 20 years ago. I pull those dishes out and prepare the same food items that she used them for every year. I smile as I reflect on the beautiful time we shared together in her kitchen preparing food.”
— Jeff, Sales & Education
“The new year is a big time for celebration in Japan. Every year, our family goes home to spend time with Grandpa... it is our time to reconnect and refresh! We traditionally eat soba noodles on New Year’s Eve for longevity and stay awake until we hear the jyoyano kane temple bells ring. On New Year’s Day, the whole family has a traditional Japanese breakfast called osechi with many dishes (beans, fish, seaweed, chestnuts, and more) that represent our good wishes for the coming year. Afterward, we go to the shrine for our first visit and prayers of the year. Then we go skiing!”
— Nami, Culture
“I'm a little old-fashioned so I like to make my own cards with cardstock and snippets of patterned paper I've collected. A lot of my friends (in tiny SF apartments!) are trying to declutter and live a more minimalist lifestyle, so I've been trying to gift thoughtfully with experiences, like a day of wine tasting or yoga classes. A handmade card still has a time and a place, and makes for a nice physical reminder that it's the thought that counts.”
— Michelle, Marketing
Wishing you a holiday season filled with delight,
The Tatcha Family