Techie Tools for Thanksgiving

November 17, 2014

Techie Thanksgiving

It’s about that time of year again when everything turns to pumpkin scented or pumpkin flavored and the thought of turkey and stuffing is filling our thoughts. Families will gather and stuff themselves as the intermittently nap and watch football. So, how can technology help you survive the hectic Thanksgiving season? Here are some ways that technology can help relieve some of the holiday stress.

  1.  Football and Thanksgiving are as synonymous as pilgrims and pointy shoes, but what if you’re dinner plans interfere with your football watching plans? TiVo! This is a great way for you to not miss a single play with the pigskin while you’re pigging out.
  2. We all know that the holidays are a time for family, but what if you can’t all be physically together?  Well, thanks to Skype now you can be together. The only thing missing is the smell of homemade pies.
  3. Digital thermometers! I know that we have all watched a family member take the turkey out of the oven, check the temperature, baste it, put it back, etc., but a digital thermometer can save time and can actually even send you an alert on your phone.
  4. We all know that Mom wakes up at 4 am, cooks the turkey, stuffing, veggies, pies, etc. and Dad swoops in with a knife, carves the turkey and he is the hero…well, how about arming that hero with an electric carving knife.  No longer will we have to watch the mutilation as Dad tries to salvage every ounce of turkey.
  5. No Thanksgiving holiday would be complete without Black Friday Shopping!  Instead of clawing your way through the lines and crowds, how about doing some shopping in your pajamas?  Many sites offer Black Friday Shopping Online with a lot less stress!

However, the best advice that I can give, this Thanksgiving season, is to put down your phones, turn off the TV and spend some quality time with the family.