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Keep it merry & bright (and avoid those awkward holiday moments) with Alexa

Say "Alexa, change the subject!" when you need a switch-up

Alexa will provide a new, neutral topic that won’t jingle anyone’s bells. She might propose a conversation starter or even a game. We all love coming together with family for the holidays -- but, for many of us, that can also bring a few awkward moments. So this holiday if the conversation gets tense, just say "Alexa, change the subject" for a rescue.


4 more Alexa tips to up the holiday fun:

  1. Kick-off the holiday jokes -- “Alexa, tell me a holiday joke” or “Alexa, tell me a reindeer joke”
  2. Get the holiday music going -- “Alexa, play holiday music” or "Alexa, play Christmas classics"
  3. Turn on a holiday movie classic -- “Alexa, show me holiday movies” to find faves like It’s A Wonderful Life and Elf on Prime Video
  4. Spread some cheer -- Drop-in on mom and let her know you’re thinking of her

The Echo Flex is "Amazon's Alexa gateway drug"

I enjoyed this colorful analogy -- thanks Engadget! In all seriousness, I highly recommend checking out the brand new Echo Flex plug-in Alexa speaker.

Priced at $25 (and less during holiday promotions), Echo Flex is the cheapest Alexa speaker on the market and plugs directly into any outlet. It's a great way to add Alexa to hallways or bathrooms so you have access to Alexa to control smart home devices, get information and more no matter where you are in your home. Plus, it also has a built-in USB port so you can plug your phone in to charge. Note that since it’s only got a “mini speaker” it’s not great for rooms where you want to play music.

Tap/click here to read more about this new device.

VoiceBrew is taking vacation!

I'm taking a holiday break over the next week, and I'll be back with VoiceBrew emails on December 26. 

As VoiceBrew's 1-year anniversary approaches (we launched on January 1, 2019!), I feel extremely grateful for the VoiceBrew community. Thank you for being part of it.

I wish you and your families a very happy holiday!
Katherine Prescott
Founder, VoiceBrew
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