Turkey and Tech

US Wealth Napolitano |

By: Alexander G. Weiss, CFP®

For those of you who do not know me well, I am a sucker for a good tradition! With Thanksgiving only 8 days away (hard to believe with all the somewhat recent warm weather), I have to begin my ‘exercises’ to build up my appetite for turkey. Nothing worse than overeating on Thanksgiving and not being able to go up for thirds (food and wine of course)… am I right!?

With the family growing, traditions start to appear in new shapes and sizes. A timeless classic is passing around the family photo albums and watching how they change over the years. Unfortunately with all the digital cameras, it is harder to get ahold of the physical pictures year after year. My mom has a few shoe boxes and bins we raid every so often to get our fix. The pictures that make me chuckle the most are from the late 80s/early 90s. Even now 20+ years later, it is amazing how so much can change, but how identifiable everyone still is.

One of my favorite traditions was the Hanover vs Norwell Thanksgiving Day football game. It has a storied history and between myself and my brothers, we played in 10 (maybe 11) straight! It is was a great way to start the morning and that evening’s turkey, for whatever reason always tasted better with a victory – whether you played or not!

While it is impossible to see everyone on Thanksgiving, the newly rising tradition (which also happens around Christmas) is scheduling our FaceTime ‘visits.’ Merely speaking on the phone with my now 8 year-old niece doesn’t allow her to show me her dad sleeping on the couch or her new favorite toy. FaceTiming really gives us the ability to stay connected! If you haven’t tried scheduling FaceTime videos during the holidays – I suggest you do. Just make sure everyone is ready. And if done correctly, you can even project the FaceTime on the nearest TV so you can share with everyone in the house!

One last thing - I just cannot get onboard with this pumpkin spice everything. Am I the only one?

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. If you are thinking of getting seconds of the mashed potatoes and turkey – do it. The amount of food you eat versus the quality of your nap is a direct positive linear equation!

Until next time….