Holiday tech for the Thanksgiving win

Tech-enhanced Thanksgiving: A modern twist on tradition

By Mark HoffmannKENOSHA.COM

A leader in the IT industry for nearly three decades, Hoffmann has helped small and large businesses take advantage of technology to better serve their customers and employees. Hoffmann is owner of CMIT Solutions of SE Wisconsin.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Across the United States, we approach this day of gratitude and gathering with the hope that this holiday season leads to peace and understanding. Believe it or not, technology can facilitate some of those connections—as long as it’s used in moderation and with intentionality.

Today, CMIT Solutions explores the ways that technology can seamlessly integrate into our holiday traditions, adding a dash of innovation and convenience to our meaningful Thanksgiving festivities. From meal prep to entertainment to fostering connection with loved ones, here’s how to incorporate tech gadgets, apps, and digital fun in a way that complements the holiday spirit:

• Smart kitchen gadgets. Kick off your Thanksgiving preparations with a touch of tech assistance in the kitchen. Modern appliances like the Instant Pot, wireless meat thermometers, and programmable smart ovens can simplify the cooking process and lend a helping hand with meal planning. Connect them to your smartphone for real-time updates and precise timing control, ensuring that your turkey is perfectly roasted, your sides are cooked to perfection, and everything is ready at the right time.

• Digital cooking assistance. For those looking to improve their culinary skills or learn to bake a new kind of dessert, consider signing up for a virtual cooking class or exploring the Internet in search of inspiration. Platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet allow you to connect with professional chefs or even family members for a virtual cooking experience, while video recipes abound these days on platforms like YouTube. Many cooking meet-ups encourage users to share recipes, tips, and tricks in real-time, creating a sense of togetherness despite the physical distance.

• Interactive family games. Once dinner’s done, don’t let everybody withdraw to their own devices. Keep the festive spirit alive with interactive games that everyone can enjoy. Whether it’s a virtual game of Pictionary that uses drawing apps or a friendly competition with online trivia, technology can facilitate fun and laughter for everyone in the same room—and even extended family who might want to join in from afar.

• Video calls and virtual gatherings. Speaking of celebrating with those unable to do so in person, don’t be shy about scheduling video calls on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet to bring distant family members together in one virtual space. Set up a dedicated device for those calls in advance so that no one has to try to figure out how to use their phone. Invite relatives around the country (or the world!) to play games, share stories, and swap cooking success stories. You can even set up a slideshow in advance, spreading a little holiday cheer by inviting everyone to contribute family photos that document the previous year.

• Digital gratitude journal. On the topic of family keepsakes and fond memories, consider creating an online portal where everyone can share in the spirit of thankfulness. Apps like Day One and Google Keep have grown in popularity because they allow invited members of a family or friend group to contribute text, photos, videos, emojis, and other online content. As the years go by, the journal grows, creating a digital archive of gratitude to reflect upon during future Thanksgiving celebrations.

• Smart home entertainment. Even when the family is ready for a break, the fun can still continue. Consider creating a cinematic experience with your loved ones by streaming classic Thanksgiving movies, curating a festive, family-friendly playlist that incorporates everyone’s musical tastes, or even turning on background apps that can enhance the ambiance of your celebration with, for example, a fake fireplace. Contrary to popular belief, technology can enhance your in-real-life atmosphere, making holiday celebrations cozy and enjoyable.

This Thanksgiving, let technology play a supporting role in bringing joy, connectivity, and innovation to our holiday celebrations. Whether you’re upgrading your kitchen with smart gadgets or embracing new virtual traditions, these tech-savvy tips will hopefully ensure that your Thanksgiving is filled with meaningful moments and the spirit of gratitude.

At CMIT Solutions, we’ve been bringing businesses together for more than 25 years with proactive IT support that’s pragmatic, relevant, and affordable. Contact us today if you’re looking for that kind of trusted tech advice.

From each one of our 250 independently owned and operated offices across North America, we wish you a joyful holiday season.