Get into the Christmas spirit with these fun, festive apps
Sometimes you just need a little extra push to help get you into the holiday spirit. We think these iOS and Android apps can help with that. Check 'em out and you'll be carolling until your neighbors beg you to stop.
This classic tale comes with a super fun pop-up twist, as a nod to those old school books we all once loved. Rather than flipping pages to reveal a 3D paper image, this virtual version lets the kids bring specific objects with by simply touching each one. And if you're too busy cooking up a Christmas feast in your kitchen, you can hand little Suzie your phone and choose the "Read to Me" option and bide yourself a little extra time.
First off, there's something ultra creepy about this digital version of Santa. Maybe it's the sly grin on his animated face. Maybe it's his deep, guttural laugh (of the same ilk one might hear in a haunted house). Maybe it's just the fact that he repeats back every little word you utter. In any case, it's highly entertaining and great for a few laughs. There are a few fun features here for the kiddos including tickling Santa, feeding him milk and cookies, and even knocking him over with a gigantic snowball. But I'm giving this one a PG-13 rating, as Santa pulls down his pants at one point to reveal Christmas tidings on the rear of his boxers (no nudity whatsoever, but risque, nonetheless).
No time to snag a real tree this year? You can still conjure your inner Martha Stewart with this virtual one, available for Apple's iPhone and iPad. When you open the app, you'll be greeted by vibrant looking fir and a pile of decorations. Simply choose the ones that suit your taste and drag 'em onto the branches. From the menu, you can turn on festive music to help get you in the Christmas spirit. You'll also have the option to save and share the results with friends once you're finished. This particular pick isn't avaialble for Android, but you can still get your holly on with this Christmas Tree Maker app.