Technology and Christmas…

Besides wishing everyone a Happy Holidays, I’ve been thinking about how technology has changed Christmas since I was a lad…


  • The pile of presents looks much less impressive with technology constantly getting smaller.
  • It’s very hard to wrap an app or digital download.
  • There’s no excuse that ‘there’s none left in the shops’ thanks to online stock checkers.
  • Christmas TV isn’t exciting at all when you can watch anything at any time.
  • Work may have stopped but emails don’t. Especially Christmas messages from every service you’ve ever used.
  • The need to Instagram every present being unwrapped, and pets in novelty reindeer antlers.
  • Spoiling the surprise with the habit of checking in to every shop on Foursquare.
  • Covering your tablet/phone in ingredients rather than digging out an old cookbook.
  • No need for novelty Christmas CDs thanks to Spotify. As if you haven’t heard them enough.
  • But at least you can follow Santa via NORAD’s online tracker.


  1. Hey Dan,

    My wife and I don’t do presents – this will be our 7th year. I imagine it is very different with kids in the family, but it’s pretty much all adults in our family now.

    I noticed a few Xmas emails from all the sites I use – but not as many as I expected.

    I find it’s a good time of year to think of starting up a new project, just for fun. Starting new things isn’t easy, but I’m working something now – or I should be!

    Have a good Christmas 🙂

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