Because the kids need to know the exact SECOND that Santa launches his sleigh in Singapore, you'll want to download these Christmas apps, stat!
Hands up all those with kids busting with excitement now that the official countdown to Christmas has begun? We’ve appeased them slightly with a meet and greet Santa session, distracted them by throwing a million decorations at the Christmas tree, and we’ve also promised an afternoon of watching some seriously cheesy Christmas blockbusters (because we all know it isn’t Xmas until we’ve watched Home Alone).
But if the kids are still driving you crazy with their unrelenting “Is it Christmas yet?” interrogations, we’ve come to your rescue. Behold: eight kid-friendly Christmas apps and websites that countdown to the big day. Throw in some Christmas crafts and the odd mince pie and it will be Boxing Day before you know it!
SANTA APPS FOR THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
1. Get a personal call from Santa
The Portable North Pole (PNP) app brings a sleigh-load of festive cheer to your kiddos. Everyone in the family will believe in Santa’s magic after receiving personalised videos and even telephone calls direct from Santa’s Village on Christmas Eve!
2. Elf Yourself!
Get set for belly laughs galore with the Elf Yourself app when the kiddos realise they can turn Mum and Dad into all-singing, all-dancing elves!
3. A letter to (and from) Santa
Writing a letter to Santa is compulsory, but log on to A Letter 4 Santa and you’ll get an instant reply from the jolly man in red himself! There’s also games and online colouring to keep the little ones busy (read: out of your hair) too.
4. Live stream Santa’s sleigh
Your excited little elves will love keeping tabs on Santa and his Xmas Eve mission via the Norad Santa live webcam. Expect the anticipation to reach combustion levels when the sleigh launches…
5. The Santa tracker
Not only can you join the most exciting countdown of the year with the Google Santa Tracker, but the kids will have a ton of fun checking out the games and taking cool Santa selfies too.
6. Read and play with Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas tale, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, is brought to life as an interactive e-book app along with cool Yule activities for small bookworms. That green old grouch might be full of ‘bah humbug’ but he definitely gets us – and the little ones – into a festive mood.
7. A video call with Santa
Kids giving you grief? An incoming face-to-face call from Father Christmas should sort them right out thanks to the Video Call Santa Christmas app.
8. A peek into Santa’s house
Santa’s Home is a simple but oh-so-cute app that lets kids watch Santa going about his daily business at his home. They can even help him prepare for Christmas, too!
And psst! While we’re on the topic of Santa, we thought we’d ask our own little elves if they’ve seen the Big Man in Red….
Now go forth and get jolly, folks!