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How to Make Thanksgiving Easier With Smart Tech

by Dale Dauterive

1.  Kick it In the Kitchen

Especially if you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, you are probably going to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen getting everything ready. And then you have to quickly turn everything over from cooking mode to serving mode, 

That’s where smart custom scenes come in. With a scene for cooking, you can easily hit one button and all your lights will brighten up -- giving you perfectly lit conditions for preparing and cooking. And then right before the guests arrive select the dining scene and your smart lights will follow suit and switch to more atmospheric dining and catering lighting. 


2. Be Your Guest

There’s always a thousand things to do every Thanksgiving, and it can be quite a chore, especially if for some reason your family sticks you with hosting year after year. 

That’s where smart home automation comes in -- taking care of the little things that can help make your whole day go easier. For example, with a doorbell camera you can easily let guests in the front door … while you are still cooking in the kitchen. Multitask to the extreme, and let the flow of people inside without breaking up the preparations every few minutes. 


3. Musical Chairs Everywhere

Whether it’s background music or the audio from the football game, ambience is important for every Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe you want gentle seasonal music to be heard in every room, or want different songs playing in different rooms. Either way, the whole room audio has you covered. 

You could also take things a step further -- integrate your speakers with your entertainment system, and stream the football game audio through the whole house! It’s a win for everybody. 

4. Don’t Overcook the Climate

While you are running around like a turkey with its head cut off, trying to make sure that you don’t overheat -- or under heat -- the turkey that you are having for dinner, there might be a different area of heat that you are accidentally ignoring: The temperature inside the house. 

Smart thermostats can help you keep control of the temperature inside, without you having to keep checking and changing the thermostat. Simply set it to where you want it, and let it take care of the rest. 

5. TV Time!

You thought we were going to go a whole Thanksgiving list without mentioning one of our favorite parts of the holidays? Not likely! It just isn’t Thanksgiving without some good ol’ football!

To take your Thanksgiving entertainment to the next level, what you really need is whole home video and audio distribution. You’ll be able to broadcast multiple channels to multiple screens, keeping all the football fans happy. 


Thanksgiving can be tiring, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction after successfully hosting a dinner that friends and family all loved and enjoyed. These tips will help you use your smart home to its fullest, and hopefully knock Thanksgiving out of the park in the process!! We know you can do it!