How are the Holidays celebrated differently now than they were 30, 20, even 10 years ago? Technology and the Internet, the World Wide Web, have brought about drastic changes in our society. The internet has changed how we communicate; it’s even had an impact on our Holiday rituals and traditions. In the uber-techy world we now live in, the web, smartphone, and tablet rule. Therefore, though we still celebrate the traditions of the season, we don’t do so in the ways we used to.
You can still drop off your red kettle donations outside your favorite grocery store, but you don’t have to. These days you can make your donations on line.
With jibjab.com and other websites, you can easily send personalized (and sometimes free) ecard (electronic card) greetings to your friends and family, eliminating the need to purchase both stamps and those boxed Holiday greeting cards.
Can’t make it home for the Holidays? With a webcam and sites such as Skye and Google Hangout, you can virtually sip eggnog and sing carols with family and friends from any location you choose.
If you hate crowds and the long lines at the mall, you can purchase gifts online, and special express shipping options even allow the procrastinating shopper to make an impression on the big day!
Tracking Santa is even easier. Santa can now be tracked via Google Earth, the NORAD website, twitter, or Facebook page.
If you love the music of the season, you no longer have to buy the albums or CDs. With internet radio, you can build your own playlist of favorites with sites such as Pandora and GrooveShark, and it’s free.
Today, we celebrate the season with both new and old traditions, and though the means by which we do so may have changed or evolved, the reasons we celebrate are the same.
During this most wonderful time of the year, Cicero’s Development wishes you and yours a bountiful and joyous Holiday Season!