Tis the season to be stressed, right? Not anymore. It’s 2015- we live in the digital age! Embrace the technology around you to make your Christmas eve as easy as it can be.

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Everyone’s families have a way of doing things on Christmas. When you have a lot of people gathering together, however, this can be a planning catastrophe. Use OneNote to take down those last minute tasks you need to do before the big day- defrosting the turkey, calling the family, wrapping the last of the presents. With calendar integration, you can even schedule each action and create a timeframe.You can be more organised than Santa’s Elves!

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Before you snatch your Secret Santa from under the tree and make for the hills, ensure you set a clear out-of-office message stating when you’ll be back, and how to contact you/ a colleague in an emergency. This lets you kick back and relax, knowing your business isn’t going into a panicked meltdown. After all, we can’t all be like Santa and only work one day a year.

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Skype is getting more and more features as time goes on- including the ability to send a personalised video card for the Christmas season. With Skype, it doesn’t matter if family live too far away to reach you on the 25th, because they’re only a good WiFi connection away! Even reaching people on the other side of the world is no problem, as Skype now features select translation capabilities. Why not wish your buddies a ‘Joyeux Noël’ or ‘Frohe Weihnachten’ instead of a Merry Christmas?

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Your kids will inevitably be bored and over-excited on Christmas eve, but you’re too busy to occupy them- and besides, do you really want to get glitter glue and play-doh rubbed into the carpet before your parents come round tomorrow? Using Microsoft Word, search ‘Christmas’ under the templates, and voila: your kids can design away to their hearts content. They can make a letter to leave for Santa, cards for their family, or even thank-you notes for their presents. Simply print and go!

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Microsoft have teamed up with the NORAD Santa tracker to let you monitor the fat man’s movements. Ask Cortana where Santa is tomorrow, and she’ll happily tell you! Alternatively, download the official app from the Windows Store and you can watch the reindeers live.

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We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas- and make sure your 2016 is even better by using The 848 Group for your IT needs. Happy new year!

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