The turkey and stuffing are in the oven, pies have been baked and families gather around to take inventory of what they have to be thankful for. Have you thought about what you’re thankful for this year? Maybe it’s your health, your family, your career or even football and shopping! Whatever you’re thankful for, this is the time of year to think about all we are blessed with.

Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of family and togetherness and food, lots and lots of yummy food.  If there’s one thing most of us want to NOT think about on Thanksgiving, it’s technology. Put the smartphones away, pack up the laptop, and disconnect for one day, right? Well, technology can actually help to bring us together on this most American of holidays, provided it’s put to good use instead of as a distraction from family time. Although we highly recommend spending quality, in-person face time with your friends and family on this special holiday, there are more than a few ways that technology can help make your Turkey Day go a little more smoothly.

Whether you’re using cooking apps or watching the parade on your big screen TV, technology is something to be thankful for. Let’s face it, it’s virtually impossible to get every member of the family together in one place on Thanksgiving Day. You can use a laptop, desktop, tablet or even a phone. Good thing Internet-based video calling is easy, cheap, and everywhere. Whether you prefer Skype, FaceTime, or another video conferencing service, don’t let distance keep you from telling your family how much you love and miss them this Thanksgiving.

Don’t let technology take away from your Thanksgiving day. Instead, put the best of this digital age to work to make the holiday even more meaningful. Most of all, remember to give thanks for the friends beside us, the food before us, and the love between us. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Impact Solutions!