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TECH The Halls

Posted by Layer 9 on Dec 17, 2020 8:49:27 AM

Little girl opening a magical christmas gift against christmas tree design

Don't let the idea of these new state mandates "bah-hum-BUG" you out. Thanks to technology, once again, we can keep this holiday with you and your families as special as it was before social distancing.

This year, everyone should get a pass and get their name on the "Nice List."

Here are some of the most popular ways people have used technology to amp up their holiday spirits:

Decorations |

  • Connect your exterior lights to your smart device and put them on a timer
  • Use a smart device outlet for your pre-lit tree to turn it on and off
  • Project lights onto your house versus having to hang them using an outdoor projector
  • Put a virtual fireplace on your tv and play for hours (Netflix and Roku can help you with this)

Gifting | 

  • Send gifts directly to the recipient instead of wrapping and giving in person
  • Send e-gifts like gift cards and money (Pay Pal and Venmo have been great resources for this)
  • Use an app to help you organize your holiday shopping 

Streaming & Music |

  • Netflix, Amazon, and your other smart devices can now play your holiday movies and songs
  • Stream your Church service online 
  • Purchase a smart/Bluetooth speaker and play that Mariah Carey song on repeat as many times as your heart desires

Staying Connected with Video |

  • Video chat with your relatives when they can't be there for dinner (Zoom, Facetime, Skype, Teams, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.)
  • Zoom call with Santa, when your kids can't go see him in person 

Let's reshape the holidays - use these technologies to bring back your holiday spirit and stay connected with family members around the table...well, virtual table that is.


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