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Make your home your little helper

by Mia Sapienza
Make your home your little helper

This year many will spend the holidays gathering virtually for meals, parties, and other jolly activities. Although celebrating may look different, it's no less exciting or busy. With everything that comes along with the most wonderful time of the year everyone needs their own army of little helpers. While we can’t promise the kids will step in, we can tell you how a smart home can. 

Here are some ways you can tech the halls of your home with smart home devices:

Know if Frosty is coming. 

With Brilliant’s weather widget, weather updates are just a tap away. Now you can quickly stay up to date and know if you need to pack boots, grab the shovel, or leave the house earlier. If you need an extended forecast, you can even ask Alexa since it’s built-in to every Brilliant Control. 

And if Frosty is coming, a smart thermostat like Ecobee or Honeywell will help to ensure your home is at the perfect temperature to stay cozy. 

Outsmart porch pirates. 

Are you trapped in your room wrapping? Out and about looking for that last, perfect gift? Or maybe you’re caroling around the neighborhood? No matter what it is, don’t allow porch pirates to get your goods! 

Being able to monitor your front door is key to reducing the risk. A smart doorbell like a Ring doorbell is a necessity for online shoppers. You’ll be alerted when packages arrive if you’re away, and you can even communicate with the delivery driver to put your items in a hidden or more secure location of your choice. A fun holiday bonus of Ring’s doorbells is that they offer themed faceplates and chimes! 

Did we mention that you can also manage access to your home when you combine your ring doorbell with a smart lock? Don’t just have the delivery driver hide your package, unlock the door for them from anywhere, and know it’s secure in your home. 

Silent Nights? Not with Sonos.

Stay in the spirit with your favorite jingles playing while you bake and decorate! You can play the same songs throughout the entire home on your Sonos speakers or group-specific speakers based on where you are or who’s listening! 

 If you don’t have your Christmas playlist ready, check out our favorite Christmas Classic playlist on Spotify! 


The Most Magical Words

“Alexa, turn on my holiday lights.” With indoor and outdoor Alexa enabled smart plugs, all of your holiday decor can be voice-activated. Yes, even your 12ft snow globe inflatable outside, all of the lights on your home’s trim, and the tree inside. The days of bending over to turn on the tree or trekking outside to turn on the lights are over. 


Having a home that works for you, especially during the holidays, is priceless. Now you can spend more time making memories and spreading joy! If you’re not sure where to start with your smart home or want to add to your devices, take our smart home quiz, and we’ll help you pick your home’s Brilliant elves.