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Spread the cheer with these apps

From tracking Santa’s moves to keeping you in good humour, the season can be a bit overwhelming. Fear not, for help is just an app away

  • By Gareth Kurt Warren | Features Writer
  • Published: 00:00 December 13, 2012
  • GN Focus

  • Image Credit: Supplied

Android

Countdown to Christmas

The application has features such as a Santa blog, Santa news and a basic countdown as well. The application also tracks the number of “sleeps” left before Christmas.

Christmas HD

This application is a 3D live wallpaper package tailor-made for the season. A few of the many live wallpapers include a fireplace, snowfall through a window and a decorated mantelpiece.

Talking Santa Free

After a talking cat and dog, I guess anything is possible. Talking Santa is a free app that features, you guessed it, a talking Santa, who repeats everything you say while interacting with your on-screen gestures. You can even tickle, smack and poke Santa!

 iOS

Christmas Radio

This free application takes up a modest 3.9MB of your phone’s memory and in return, offers you Christmas music from over 50 radio stations. The genres of the music stations include a range from rock and jazz to country and old classics.

 The Christmas List

This one allows you to add or choose iPhone contacts, allocate a spending budget per person and synchronise your list via email. Users can also countdown the number of days left to shop before Christmas and use a tracker to note down the status of each gift.

Good Food Festive Recipes

The BBC Good Food application features more than 180 recipes featuring beverages, canapés and a wide range of vegetarian options.

RIM

Santa Dash for BBM

“Looks like Santa has been enjoying the holiday eggnog and lost track of time,” reads the application’s description. Since Santa now needs to get his priorities in order, it’s up to players to help him deliver gifts.

Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker is a fun and interactive app that will bring joy and anticipation to your little ones. Once you load in your child’s bedtime, the application then uses your smartphone’s GPS location to show you where Santa currently is!

 Christmas Classics 
with Lyrics

The application features a user-friendly interface with over 30 preloaded Christmas classics such as Joy to the World, Silent Night and The First Noel.

 Windows

 Sleigh

You will have to help Santa find his missing reindeer and presents in time to save Christmas. The app has an online game feature that allows you to compete with other Sleigh enthusiasts.

Christmas Fireplace

Similar to fireplace applications across other platforms, this application allows you to choose between a festive fireplace decked in seasonal baubles and a basic traditional fireplace after you have had enough of the festivities.

 Xmas Jokes

This app has more than 100 jokes, sufficient to keep friends and family in jolly spirits, one of my personal favourites being: What did Santa say to Mrs Claus when he looked out the window? Looks like rain, dear!

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