Try Some New Technology – Free Thanksgiving Traditions

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In our fast-paced techno-world it takes effort to slow down and appreciate our blessings – including the very technology we depend upon. Declare this Thanksgiving a techno-free day (after you read this article of course) and start some traditions beyond the feast.

A techno-free day means no use of television, DVDs, computers, video games, cell phones and music / video players.

Don't take photos during the Thanksgiving dinner. Designate one photographer to take "official" photos to share with everyone the next day. Instead of a group photo, take individual photos that can be used on decorations later.

During Thanksgiving dinner each person can share which techno-tool they miss the most and why. Older family members can each talk about one old tech tool they remember, such as black and white TV, 8-track tapes or wind-up telephones. Hide a gift card for a technology store or some music downloads under one of the seats to find at the end of the meal.

Some alternative techno-free post-meal activities include board games, party games, and picnic games. If you're having a large family reunion, turn it into an olympic games of sorts with competition according to teams or families, and multiple games in each category. Each team member participates in one game in each category. Winners get different colored construction paper turkey feathers for first, second or third place in each game. The family with the most feathers at the end of the day gets to take home the best leftovers.

If you don't have extended family with you for Thanksgiving, you can cut and decorate construction paper turkey feathers or index cards as Christmas ornaments. Make them big enough so that people can write on the back. Mail one to each extended family member. Ask them to write their names and something …