Written and Media by Kelsey Neier.
Thanksgiving is here! What a wonderful time to be with family and stuff yourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and stuffing. Or, if you are feeling extra creative, you can prepare yourself a Cthurkey. Anywho, Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for family, food and electronics. Whether you realize it or not, technology actually plays a big role on Thanksgiving day! Here are 4 ways that technology makes Thanksgiving even better.
- Cooking Apps
Who doesn’t love a useful app? I’ve found some great apps that are perfect for creating your delicious meals. Grocery Gadget Shopping List is a great app that saves pictures of what you need to get, scans barcodes, and can enter in coupons for your products! Family and friends can sync their lists with you so that you can make sure everyone is taken care of this Thanksgiving. Kitchen Stories also has many food guides that show you step by step how to make a dish if you don’t even know where to start. Thanksgiving Menu Maker contains 75 recipes that are broken down into several categories. You can add the dishes you wish to make, and then a shopping list is automatically created. This app also breaks prep down to the day before, Thanksgiving morning, four hours prior, etc.
- Football on TV
My family loves eating as much as their bellies can hold, and then crowding into our living room and plopping on the couch to watch the game. It’s a time for us to talk sports, relax and catch up with each other. Thanksgiving would not be as fun if we didn’t have something to watch on TV. It helps us connect to each other. Now there are 4K TVs available for purchase, and they are absolutely stunning. My family might have to look into purchasing a nice one for next Thanksgiving.
- Tech Support
My uncle Tyler and I are obsessed with technology. He is one of the few people in my family who loves and understands it as much as I do. We talk about the newest phones, coolest computers/tablets and nicest TV’s out there. My Grandpa, on the other hand, always has problems with his phone. One of my family members recently got him a tablet, so this Thanksgiving I know who I will be helping power up and sign into their device. I enjoy teaching my Grandpa new things about technology and I know he really appreciates my help. It brings us both together when I teach him how to use his electronic devices.
- Black Friday
My relatives also love to sit and look at the Black Friday ads together. We tell each other deals that we have heard about and what stores the best electronic deals are at. Last year, my uncle Roger saw some good deals on kitchen towels, and my Dad had his eye on a new TV. We ended up going to Walmart later on Thanksgiving day to shop for a bit. We actually had a lot of fun, and we were excited to show our other family members the items we bought. Just talking about Black Friday gets my family excited to see what cool gadgets we can get for a good price.
In conclusion, Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without bringing up electronics. It really does bring my family together. We love talking about the latest and greatest tech with each other. Technology is really useful because it can plan out your Thanksgiving meals, show the big game on a nice TV, and help make our lives easier. Technology will continue to play a major role in my family gatherings. Happy Thanksgiving!