Thursday, December 15, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas...Day 3

Before I begin today, I just want to wish my Dad a Happy Birthday!!  Woootah!  

Should you choose to sing him the birthday song (in Italian), the words are right below.  Use the same tune as the English version. Having said that, he probably won't hear you, but at least you'll be able to say you know the words in Italian.

Tanti Auguri a te, tanti auguri a te, tanti auguri a te, tanti auguri a te! 

Now that we're all warmed up, off to Day 3....

Day 3 is for technology.  I know what you're thinking "Come on Frantastic, you just HAD to put technology in here somewhere didn't you?"  Well, yes I did, but probably not for the reason you think.  Technology brings us closer to the people we love at this time of year.  Skype for example, allows those across country or overseas to SEE those they love during this holiday season.  Computers, web cams, wifi, the internet, programmers, programs etc. play a big part in that.  Then, the slightly less modern,  telephone calls that allow you to simply hear the voices of those that you can not see.  The digital cameras that let you take pictures, then print them out and mail them to family and friends or even let you zip them to others via email.  The cellphones that let you take pictures and video that can be sent instantly as you enjoy Christmas dinner, even having 'Facetime' with Uncle Hector who lives on a different continent during the meal is a possibility. The video of the kids opening their presents which can be uploaded to YouTube so that the entire clan on the other side of the planet can watch is also technology.  Heck, you can even record the kids' Christmas concert in HD, then burn it onto a disk and mail it to Gramma Florencia, because even though she doesn't have a computer she has a DVD player and will be able to watch, as if she was in the front row.  Magic? nope.  Technology.

Unfortunately there are some countries that aren't so lucky.  No wifi, computers, cell phones etc. and probably a lot of other things that we use daily, repeatedly and take for granted, like electricity perhaps. So today as you reach for your cell phone, iPad, camera, TV remote or any other gadget, stop for a moment and think what it actually means to have it, not just at Christmas but all year round.  We are indeed a lucky techy bunch.

" I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."  ~Charles Dickens

Until next time. 

1 comment:

Molly McIntyre said...

I will admit Frantastic, technology does help close the distance geographically and for that, I know I am grateful. An added bonus is so many services like Skype and email are completely free!!