The question: How has technology changed your holiday?
The answer is not a one liner!
Technology has made vast improvements to our holiday shopping, entertaining, and gift giving. The affordability of technology allows my family to experience the holiday season in an exciting way. Web enabled printers allow me to print photos, recipes, or coloring pages with a click of a button, no computer required. The kids can watch what they like on their televisions while hubby watches football in the living room and I jam out to some holiday toons cooking up the holiday feast. Smart phones keep us connected to family and friends by allowing us to share our holiday moments on Facebook, email, and Twitter easier than before.
Computers have allowed me to keep the illusion of Santa alive by ordering online and having the items shipped to the house while the kids are in school. For someone who lives 70 miles from the nearest big box store, this is a fabulous convenience. I stash all the boxed goodies in the basement. Christmas night my husband and I work for hours as "Santa's little helpers" assembling everything, charging batteries and adding stickers.
Digital television, DVR, and streaming media have opened up a whole new world to entertaining family and friends during the holidays. I no longer have to keep an exhaustible list of holiday DVD's and CD's. The family can enjoy a Netflix movie with the touch of a button. Christmas dinner is even more special with Christmas music playing in the background from one of the many CD or Sirius holiday music stations available on our Dish Network.