Reboot your holiday traditions tech style
Technology has touched nearly everything in our lives — so why not our holidays? Let technology make your season brighter this year.
Save a tree, send e-cards
Instead of stressing over snail-mailing all your Christmas cards this year, why not go green and email a super-cute e-card instead? With sites like Smilebox, you can customize e-cards with your photos and videos and send them to all your friends and family via email or Facebook.
Erase the miles through Skype
Just because Grandma can't travel out west to join the family for Christmas dinner this year doesn't mean you have to go without seeing her smile this season. Instead of spending thousands on airline tickets, through technology like Skype, your family can reunite for free through live video interaction.
Click and share
To share your favorite holiday moments as they happen, use a high-tech camera with Wi-Fi abilities to send pictures through your favorite social-media sites and via email.
Keep the magic of Christmas alive in your house with the help of a Santa tracker. It's pretty hard for even young skeptics in your home to dispute NORAD's official countdown to Santa's launch.
Bag the crowded malls
Give yourself a major gift this year by avoiding the mall crowds and doing all your holiday shopping online. Many major online shops will guarantee holiday delivery, even up to the big day, and you can count on getting competitive prices if you shop discount or warehouse sites. To help you save even more on your seasonal shopping, sign up for customizable coupon sites like RetailMeNot.com and Target's Cartwheel.
Without the stress of going to countless stores to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, you'll have much more time to relax and actually enjoy the season instead of stressing over it!
Use SignUp Genius for your potluck party
Instead of ending up with three bowls of mashed potatoes and no dessert at your potluck party, create an account on SignUp Genius, a free service that allows users and their guests to "sign up" for the items they are bringing. All the guests can view the list of requested items, what is already signed up for and what is still needed. It's genius!
We love the way technology has bettered the holidays in so many ways. But this season, don't forget to disconnect from the electronics and spend time enjoying your family face-to-face, too!