If you find the hustle and bustle of the holidays overwhelming, let tech remind you of the reason for the season! You may see the holiday decorations appearing around town but you’re just not feeling festive yet. Turn your “Bah, humbug!” into “Ho, ho, ho!”with a heaping helping of tech tools to help you get into the spirit of the holidays.
You may not associate tech with nostalgia but these holiday classics will delight kids and adults alike. Gather the family around with some mugs of hot chocolate to enjoy these treasures:
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the Snowman Collection is available from iTunes in HD for $17.99 or SD for $15.99. You can watch the video on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch using the Videos app, on your computer using iTunes and on your TV using an Apple TV.
Also check out the Frosty the Snowman book app on iTunes for $3.99.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
If you’re a Peanuts fan, tech has you covered. Check out Charlie Brown’s Christmas as a video, music album, book and app.
A Charlie Brown Christmas video is available in iTunes, remastered from the original TV show, for $9.99.
A Charlie Brown Christmas app is available as an interactive app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at:
- iTunes App Store for $5.99 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
- Google Play for $4.99 for Android devices
- Amazon Appstore for $4.99 for Android devices and Kindle Fire
A Charlie Brown Christmas iBook is available to be read on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac for $6.99.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Enjoy the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in this interactive book app. Visit the land of misfit toys and remember how Rudolph’s red nose help guide Santa’s sleigh! Listen to the narration or record your own voice to read along with the story.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer app is available for $3.99 in:
iTunes for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Google Play for Android devices
Amazon Appstore for Android devices and Kindle Fire.
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This free app will help you get into the spirit of Christmas with its Christmas music, countdown calendar, wallpaper and jigsaw puzzles. You can listed to streaming Christmas music from a variety of radio stations using the app while you choose your wallpaper or finish a jigsaw puzzle.
Christmas is available free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Get into the festive spirit with Christmas ringtones. This app gives you over 50 ringtones you can assign to your contacts, as a text alert and to your alarms.
Sorry, Christmas Ringtones app is no longer available from Google Play.
Santa Fun Games
This free app, Number 1 in the Cayman Islands App Store, gives you seven games to play for hours of holiday fun! Lively Christmas music plays in the background which you can mute if you need to concentrate on the games. Earn badges and try for the top position on the leader board.
Santa Fun Games is available free in the iTunes App Store.
If you’re a fan of puzzle games, check out Christmas Flow. This app is the Christmas version of the popular Flow app where you connect the colored dots on a grid without crossing the lines.
See my review of Flow in 6 Super Fun Puzzle Apps to Stimulate Your Brain!
Christmas Flow is available free for Android devices.
Christmas Rink Wallpaper/Screen Saver
This holiday scene will take you into a Christmas ice rink and is available both as an Android live wallpaper and as a screen saver for your Windows computer. The wallpaper is interactive, tap the skaters to see what happens! You can adjust the settings of the wallpaper to customize the experience.
Have you ever wondered what you’d look like dressed up as Santa? How about as an elf? Santa Booth is a free app that will solve that mystery for you by transforming your picture into a Christmas costume. Check out what you and your friends look like as:
- Santa Claus
- Mrs. Clause
Santa Booth is available free in the iTunes App Store.
Christmas Tree Decoration
Have fun decorating a virtual Christmas tree with this app. No need to worry about tangled lights, broken ornaments or messy needles. You can decorate your virtual Christmas tree over and over again until you are satisfied with its beauty.
Christmas Tree Decoration is available for free at Google Play for Android devices.
Also check out Christmas Tree, a free decorating app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Christmas Recipes – Winter Drinks for the Holiday Season!
Take a few moments out of your busy days and enjoy a relaxing winter drink. This app gives you recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to help you unwind and put you in a festive mood. Enjoy libations such as White Hot Chocolate, German Egg Nog and Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine. The app includes a shopping list so you can pick up the ingredients without having to plan ahead.
Christmas Recipes – Winter Drinks for the Holiday Season! is available in iTunes for free.
Do you have a tradition that gets you into the holiday spirit? What are your favorite holiday classics? Do you have a holiday app that you recommend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Snowman photo courtesy of Will Montegue