If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the season or need a bit of extra Christmas cheer this year, check out these ways that tech can brighten your holidays!
Santa must be extremely tech-savvy because he has lots of ways to reach out to people all over the world using different tech tools. Here are some ways to communicate with Santa using tech:
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been tracking Santa’s travels on Christmas Eve since the 1950′s. This year, you can follow Santa’s trip using the official NORAD tracker website, or from a free app for iOS devices, Android devices, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 devices.
Here’s a preview of what to expect from Santa in 2012:
My full review of NORAD’s Santa tracking can be found at NORAD – Tracking Santa Across the Globe!
Google Earth Santa Tracker
Not to be outdone by NORAD, Google has its own Santa tracker this year. In a few short days you’ll be able to follow Santa’s journey across the globe with Google Earth!
Portable North Pole
Have you been naughty or nice this year? Either way, Santa will send you a free custom message with your name and mentioning the gift at the top of your wish list. My full review, Portable North Pole – Your Personal Message from Santa! explains how you can send free custom videos from their website.
Here’s a sample video:
Verizon FiOS Chat with Santa
Verizon has come up with an adorable way you can have a live video chat with Santa: Verizon Chat with Santa. You have to enter your street address to see whether Verizon FiOS is available for your home, but the video chat is free, cute and funny. Note that some very mild mayhem occurs during the chat, so this service may not be best for the youngest children. Preview it first if you have little ones. My teenage daughters couldn’t get enough of these chats with Santa!
If the Bible story of Jesus being born brings the true meaning of Christmas into your house, check out the free Bible app by YouVersion. My full review, Holy Bible, Holy Tech!, explains more about this app and how you can use it to read the entire Bible in a year.
YouVersion also has a website showing where the Bible story of Jesus is being read: Christmas YouVersion.
A Charlie Brown Christmas App
A Charlie Brown Christmas is now available as an app. The app is an animated reading of the classic tale A Charlie Brown Christmas. You can see the old-fashioned record spin on the turntable and watch the snow fall as you hear the story being read aloud. The classic music plays along in the background as well. The app has the original dialogue from the 1965 holiday TV show and features narration by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown.
You can add your child’s photo to the inside cover of the book and play Schroeder’s piano. You can save bookmarks to return to your favorite parts of the book.
A Charlie Brown Christmas app is available:
- for $2.99 for iOS devices in the iTunes App store
- for $1.99 for Android devices at Google Play
- for $2.99 for the Kindle Fire and Android devices at the Amazon Appstore
Note that the iTunes App offers in-app purchases.
If watching holiday movies is the best way to get you in the Christmas mood, check out these videos from Netflix. Holiday classics as well as new favorites are available on Netflix Instant video, ready to stream to your computer, mobile device or gaming console: Netflix Holiday Favorites.
Let tech help enhance the holiday spirit at your home!
Have you used any of these tech tools to bring the spirit of Christmas into your house? Do you have any favorite holiday websites or apps you would recommend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Christmas tree watercolor image by Hiking Artist