With every holiday season comes a flurry of traditions. From the carols to the stockings, wreaths and Christmas trees, December 2015 looks a lot like it did 10, 20, even 50 years ago. That’s part of the joy of Christmas–remembering and reliving the delight of being a child.

But just because we’re doing the same things doesn’t mean we can’t update them for our modern times. Even more than fruitcake and tinsel, our gadgets have taken center stage during the holidays and given the Christmas season a much-need upgrade, as we stuff our iPhones and iPad with enough cheer to last the whole night (and season) through. We use them to play music, film videos and, of course, entertain the kids, as we try to get through it all with a sliver of our sanity remaining.

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