Published: 24th Dec 2014
As Noddy Holder famously sang, 'it's Christmas!' and people across the UK are getting ready to tuck into endless turkey-based meals, don embarrassing jumpers and put up with their families, among other festive pursuits.
You might not know it, but your broadband connection can have a big part to play at Christmas time. Here are five ways you can use the web to make sure it's a holiday to remember.
Tune in to TV
It's not Christmas if you don't spend a good bit of time slouched on the settee watching some festive TV. But what if your nan wants to watch the Queen's speech while you'd rather tune into one of the many Hollywood blockbusters on air? Head to your computer, phone or tablet.
Thanks to services like BBC iPlayer and 4OD you'll be able to watch whatever you want over the web and arguments over who has control of the remote will become a thing of the past. Missed something you wanted to see? These services also offer catch-up, meaning you can tune in at your own leisure.
Tired of fishing out that dusty old Christmas compilation album every year? Thanks to the internet, you no longer have to. Streaming services like Spotify mean you can listen to a playlist of all your favourite Christmas classics at just the click of a button. Having a house party on New Year's Eve? Why not create a playlist for the whole night? All you'll have to do is hit play and then you can concentrate on getting merry.
Keep in touch
The festive period is all about family. Unfortunately many of us live a long way away from our loved ones and it's not possible to be with them at Christmas time. Your broadband connection, however, can make staying in touch easier than ever. Using Skype, you can video call people wherever they are in the world absolutely free of charge. Social media is also a great way to share any photos of your celebrations.
Watch the weather
We might not have had a proper white Christmas for quite a while, but you never know what the weather is going to do at this time of year. Indeed, if you're going to be travelling to see friends and family, it's important to know what Mother Nature has in store. There is no better place to look for the latest up-to-date information than on the web.
Hit the sales
Some of us just can't get enough of shopping. No sooner have we taken a rest from spending weeks buying Christmas presents, we're out again looking to take advantage of the January sales. One of the first places you should look when searching for a new year bargain is the web. Online retailers offer January discounts just like their high street counterparts and this way you'll be able to enjoy some retail therapy from the warmth and comfort of your own home.
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