As we gas up our cars and brave airport security lines to spend time with friends and family this Thanksgiving, it seems as good a time as any to take stock of the innovations that we are most thankful for over the Thanksgiving Holiday…

Helpful Foodie Websites

Pinterest and recipe blogs are go-to’s when looking for unique and scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner ideas to whip up for family and friends! So why not enhance your traditional Thanksgiving dinner by using the internet to as your key recipe platform this Holiday season! Go ahead, spice up that mashed squash with a new vegetation dish like an Autumn Roasted Veggie Salad!

Snapchat Photos

‘Tis the season to use Snapchat Holiday filters with your family and friends. Entertain the younger crowd by Face Swapping with a squirrel!  Or, show your friends what dad looks like in a turkey outfit! Share some laughs this Thanksgiving with the countless customizable filters available to you through the Snapchat app.

Facetime/ Skype

Everyone has a busy life- especially around the holidays. You may have family members living in different cities, or family and friends that are just unable to make it. But not to worry; technology has allowed us to spend time with our family, even when they are far away. Developments such as Skype, video calling and Facetime have connected the world with just the click of a button.

How to use Facetime: If you have an iPhone, the Facetime app is already installed. As long as that family member also has an iPhone, just call their number through the Facetime app and voila!

How to use Skype: Download Skype onto your device and then set up your account. Once your account is set-up you can add your family member’s by searching for their Skype name. When they accept your request, you can call them at any point in time. If more than one family member is away, use the conference call feature to connect with everyone at the same time!

Electric Carving Knife

Enough said.

Tech Support for Family Members

How do I use the camera on this phone? How can I lower my data usage? Why does my phone run out of battery so quickly? The Wi-Fi in my house is always cutting out on me, how can I improve it? How do I know if facebook is actually safe? They say I need a modem and a router, what does that mean, what’s the difference? Tech questions are a constant at family gatherings, so why not brush up on some of your technology lingo with these blogs so that you can help family with any of your questions and impress them with all of your technology knowledge.

DVR, TiVo, or other video/TV solution

Everybody wants to watch their own personal Thanksgiving tradition: the Macy’s Parade, football games, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”… Rather than fighting over the remote, though, let’s put technology like DVR, TiVo, or even the streaming service that can dial up Aunt Martha’s favorite show in an instant to use. Don’t like watching TV? Use that giant screen to let everyone display family pictures from throughout the year (Note: one tech-wise family member required).

As technology changes, so do our Thanksgiving traditions. We should take this time to be thankful for the advancements that help bring our family closer together and ultimately make our lives a little simpler.  Don’t forget to utilize these technological developments to make for the best Thanksgiving yet!