WHETHER it’s food, stories, or gifts, the holiday season is about giving and receiving. If you have a smartphone or expect Santa to put one underneath the Christmas tree for you this year, check out any one of these eights apps perfect for the holidays.
1. Talking Santa
If your kids want to interact with Santa in a fun way, this app is perfect for them. With this app, you can either direct Santa to say something specifically or play around with some of the comical animations. You can also create customized videos, Christmas cards, and messages, and send them via email, text or social media site. Although this isn’t the most full-featured Christmas app on the market, it’ll be sure to entertain your kids while attracting a few laughs.
2. Christmas Photo Frames
Making your own Christmas cards has never been any easier with the Christmas Photo Frames app. Simply input a festive photo of yourself into any one of the 100 Christmas-themed frames and play with the customizable options to decorate your Christmas card with a personal touch. This is a great way to personalize your holiday cards and impress all of your family members and friends.
3. Christmas Countdown
Here’s another app for kids that helps them channel their anticipation for Christmas with a fun game. The app includes an interactive advent calendar that challenges players to help Santa’s elves save Christmas. Each day you’re pleasantly surprised with new games, puzzles, and riddles to solve. After you complete each one, you’ll get rewarded with a funny Elven Advent poem and animation.
4. The Christmas List
Sure, Santa’s busy making a list, checking it twice, and finding out who’s been naughty or nice, but that doesn’t exactly help you when it comes to creating your own Christmas shopping list. Organizing your shopping lists for Christmas is easy with The Christmas List. Not only does this app provide a convenient central location for your important gift-giving ideas, but you can set budgets, track gift statuses, sync lists via email, and add people directly from your phone’s contacts list.
5. Christmas Carolizer
Christmas caroling is a tradition that many families take part in during the holiday season. With the Christmas Carolizer app, you can pick from a range of seasonal favorites like “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and sing along with them karaoke style. Not only that, but you can use the app to create customized Christmas cards with your pictures and share them via Twitter, Facebook, or email.
6. Holiday Time Machine
Traveling back to Christmas past with this app is easy and entertaining. All you need to do is pick a year in the past and enjoy TV shows, music, and advertisements from that specific time. If you want to get your family members or friends in on the action, simply share what you find on Twitter or Facebook. This app will have something for everyone as it dates back to as far as 1898 and has more than 2,500 videos.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Join Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang, and Snoopy as they go a holiday adventure to find the real meaning of Christmas. Peter Robbins, the voice behind the original Charlie Brown, narrates the app. The app features songs from the show and includes an interactive storybook with optimized animations and illustrations that look great on all mobile devices including Lenovo tablet PCs. Without a doubt, it’s the best way to get in the holiday spirit.
8. 101 Christmas Cake Ideas
If you know your way around the kitchen and often find yourself having a sweet tooth during the holidays, perhaps it’s time to bake the perfect Christmas cake. With this app, you can learn neat tricks on how to bake and decorate your cake. The app comes with helpful reference guides, templates, patterns, and decorative tips.
Do you have any more Christmas apps you love? Leave a comment below and spread some holiday cheer.