I know, I know! I pop up everywhere in this Christmas phone tablet grotto_110000411Grotto of mine. No subject is too much for Ed Elf. Well, apart from higher mathematics and quantum physics – and even then I’d give it a good bash. For now, though, it’s time to get Appy.

Christmas Apps are great. You just need to carry out a simple search on your phone or tablet and a whole new world will open up to you. Many of them are free – but be careful because there are some you have to pay for and others that will try to get you to spend money on other versions of their app once you’ve uploaded the free one. Always, ED-ELF-Pointingalways check with your parents or guardian first. Make sure they have control of the password. You don’t want to be sent straight to the naughty list, do you?

Talking of which, did you know there are several apps for detecting how good you have been this year? They are called “Naughty or Nice Scanners”. Yep. Mum and Dad, Aunties and Uncles and Grandparents across the nation might have them. You have been warned.

Apps to Make You Happy

“Sleeps to Christmas Lite”: iPhone, iPad, FREE – There are many choices for countdowns to Christmas – a lot of them free, like “Sleeps to Christmas Lite”. This is a favourite of mine as it has an elf as one of four characters that count down the days minutes and seconds to Christmas all year long. Not as cute as me, though. The other characters are Father Christmas, a snowman and a gingerbread man.

“Christmas Piano”: iPhone, iPad, FREE – There are apps for festive games, too, such as “Christmas Piano” where you can play or sing-a-long to favourite tunes. And singing, frankly, makes me happy. How musical are you?

“Toca Hair Salon”: iPhone, iPad, FREE – You can give Father Christmas a haircut and Computer tablets 2 _113696974trim his beard in this hair salon, which is Toca Boca’s Christmas-themed app. You can also trim Topzy the tree – although he doesn’t look best pleased about it when I do that to him.

“Photo Combine Xmas”: iPhone, iPad FREE – This is cool. You can pick Christmas shapes like a snowman, a reindeer, a tree and a snowflake and frame your photos with them. It’s fun trying to fit the picture you want to send in the middle of the shape.

“Talking Santa”: iPhone, iPad, costs less than a pound – There have been free uploads of this, but the one I’ve got cost just a small amount and I love, love, love it! This app repeats messages you’ve recorded through your built-in microphone. Even before you do that, you can get Santa doing all kinds of great poses to a backdrop of good sound effects. This can be used to create e-cards to send as well. Santa has ‘Merry Christmas’ written on the back of his undies in one pose. Cheeky Santa. I laughed until I fell off Mrs. C’s desk.

“Canimal Christmas Carol”: iPhone, iPad, FREE – The Canimal gang are so cute, which I can relate to of course. Play carols as Canimals go sledding on the snow. This offers upgrades – so Computer tablets 71494204be careful not to click on something you shouldn’t.

“NORAD Santa Tracker”: Windows 8.1 & Windows Phone (or via a browser), FREE – This comes from the North American Aerospace Defence Command. Whoa! Sounds important. You can track Santa’s progress as he makes his trip around the world. This app also lets you have a peek into Santa’s village.

There are loads more Christmas apps out there, so go exploring. Ok, before I leave this bit, I should mention “Elf Yourself”. It’s a free app that allows you to put a photo of your face or a pal’s face on a dancing elf and even send it as an e-card. I’m an elf. Clearly I love all things elf. But I didn’t like how you had to accept all kinds of terms and conditions and boring grown-up stuff on this app. And it was asking me if I lived in America and…well, it made me not upload it. Annoying.

Ok, rant over. Now while we’re talking technology, check this out…

Jib Jab All the Way

You can have some fun by sending a Christmas video card to a few of your mates. jibjab.com offers you the chance to put their photo faces on cartoon figures that make up special e-cards. They dance around in funny fashion. You might choose ‘Santa’s Twerk Shop’ or ‘The Buttcracker’ – or the less cheeky ‘Sled Race’. Laughs all the way.

These video cards are all the rage. One year recently, more than 11 million people watched an American video card on YouTube posted by a family in North Carolina. You can send them via Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo. Have fun.