There’s no denying that Christmas is rooted in family, in physically spending time with each other where possible and enacting traditions formed down through the years.
At times, technology can almost be a dirty word, especially when it comes to children and their screen time. But we live in an increasingly virtual world. And while it’s important to be mindful of not missing out on real experiences, technology enhances our lives when administered in the correct dose.
With this in mind, Irish Country Living has compiled a list of apps that will boost cheer and excitement for children this Christmas; apps that will give a hint of magic to the festive season.
With many unfortunately unable to meet up this year, but taking into account the past few months, let’s assume we’re all up to speed on Zoom, shall we?
PNP – Portable North Pole
With more than 10m downloads from the Play Store, Portable North Pole is one of the most popular Christmas apps in the world, and with good reason too. It’s used by Santa Claus to send personal messages to boys and girls! Santa, who as we are all aware knows everything, tells children whether they’ve been naughty or nice, a bit about what they do and encourages good behaviour. It creates what really is a magical encounter, and not just for the children, but all the family. Free and premium versions are available.
Norad Tracks Santa
Christmas Colouring Pages
A simple but enjoyable app, Christmas Colouring Pages is great for kids who want to express their artistic side this year. It’s a colouring and painting game (says it on the tin), which allows you to colour your own Christmas cards.
There are both pre-drawn options and a design your own function. You just click the colour you want, the section you wish to apply it to and off you go.
Santa Spy Cam 3
Santa Spy Cam 3 is another app that helps you connect with the man himself in the North Pole. Santa Spy Cam records Santa’s elves when they visit your home in the lead up to Christmas and you can play it back for all the family to see.
The elves pop-up in lots of difference places around the house, so all you need to do is have your phone in the right place to record. Younger children will be particularly taken with this app. Free and premium versions are available.
It allows you to customise your screen and play music with your timer. There’s also a built-in advent calendar which gives you a different Christmas tip and song each day. Some features are premium.