Mobiles & Tablets

Have an ‘App’y Christmas

Elizabeth Mathew | Updated on December 18, 2014

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It’s exactly a week to that special time of the year – and if you’re one of those who can’t get enough of the Santa cheer, red and green themed decorations and general merry making, then here are a few apps that will help bring in the festivities.

Start the countdown: The best part of Christmas is more than just that one day, it’s the entire buildup over the weeks! Whether you’re playing secret Santa or not, you still need a cheerful reminder of how many days are left to go. We tried the Christmas Lite Countdown and the simple app bursts into colourful fireworks on your screen that fade into the number of days left. Fully customisable, you can change settings to include hours, minutes and even seconds left until December 25. Clearly, this one’s for the super enthusiastic!

Say cheers: Christmas food specials are dime a dozen, and when there’s tried and tested family recipes to stick to, are you really going to need anything else? But when it comes to Christmas drinks, regular eggnog just won’t cut it any more. Check out the Winter Recipes app for some unique options to whip up and impress the family. From classics like mulled wine to unusual ones like Parisienne Plum Coffee, this nifty little app is worth a look.

Virtual snow: So what if you’re celebrating Christmas somewhere in the tropics and that Santa hat is making it harder to stop sweating – snow is an essential part of the season and if you can get some virtually, nothing like it! The Christmas Tree app is as pretty as it gets. Snowflakes gently cascade down your screen while a brightly lit tree twinkles in the background. Disable the bubbles floating upwards (what were they thinking?) crank up the airconditioning, stare at the screen and have yourself a faux-snowy little Christmas!

Sing along : Carolling is the best part of Christmas – and when everyone’s singing, no one can tell you’re tone deaf! But its inevitable that no one remembers the lyrics past the first chorus and before you know it, you’re struggling to find hymn books you used in school. Skip that mess this year and be prepared with an app that instantly shows you all the lyrics you need – like

Christmas Song Lyrics. A handy drop down menu and a large collection of all the popular songs, this app is perfect for a merry sing-a-long this Christmas eve.

Published on December 17, 2014

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