How Technology Has Changed How We Celebrate the HolidaysJessie Nuez
I remember growing up during the pre-Internet days where the holidays meant spending time with family and friends, decorating, stuffing our faces, and spreading good cheer.
Now, as we live in an uber digitized world, where the Internet and smartphone rule, we have become so far removed from anything related to holiday tradition.
Want to know just how much our holidays have changed with technology?
Check out this list of 8 ways the holidays will forever be changed.
No more drop off donations 1 of 8
You no longer need to drop change into the Salvation Army kettles. Why? Because you can easily make donations online. Or better yet, you can start your very own red kettle and have people donate.
photo credit: Salvation Army
E-greetings 2 of 8
Letters or holiday cards are a thing of the past. With social media, there is no longer a need to spend money on a card or stamp to send to those closest to you. A status update or Instagram holiday picture will just do.
photo credit: Avital Gertner/flickr
Track Santa 3 of 8
I remember staying up late waiting for Santa (I was hoping to figure out how he would make it inside my Manhattan apartment without anyone knowing). Now, kids have the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) where it tracks Santa's Christmas Eve run. In all fairness (NORAD) has been doing this since 1955, but it started with a phone call, now we can stalk Santa via Google Earth.
photo credit: mytripsandraces/flickr
No room for the yule log? 4 of 8
No worries, there's an app for that. Yep, no matter what holiday you celebrate, there is an app that will cover your holiday needs. Find virtual fireplaces, Christmas trees, Menorahs, and Yule log all by pressing a button.
photo credit: Seenu/flickr
Cyber-caroling 5 of 8
Love to sing but it's too cold to go out? Set up a G+ Hangout and record your favorite carols with friends...
photo credit: oolsvig/flickr
Stress-free shopping 6 of 8
Less cooks in the kitchen 7 of 8
Celebrate via video 8 of 8
Now you don't have to be home for the holidays to celebrate with those you love. With tools like Skype, Google Hangout or a webcam you can easily sit at home sipping eggnog watching family and friends open presents via your smartphone, tablet, TV or PC.
photo credit: Larry and Laura/flickr