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.

“Spin the Nut: Christmas is Coming”: iPhone, iPad, FREE – Azoo the squirrel must gather as many nuts as possible as Christmas approaches. Collect golden nuts on each level to boost your score. This is cute, with lovely new theme music.

“Christmas Eve Crisis”: iPhone, iPad, FREE – There’s an accident involving Santa’s sleigh. Not that anyone is hurt, you understand. No, it is just that gifts are spread all over the place and Santa faces a race against time to collect them all. Can you help him save Christmas?

“Christmas Piano With Songs”: 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 – Christmas”: 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.

“Colour By Numbers – Christmas”: iPhone, iPad, Android; £3.99 – Although this costs a few pounds, it can bring lots of fun as you colour in Christmas pictures and get ready for the festive season. I love this!

“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. You might want to ‘Elf Yourself’, ‘Colour by Numbers’ for free or play ‘Impossible Flappy’. There’s a world of choice. Check out the App Store, but remember not all of them are free and some have in-app purchases, so always check with a grown up before spending money on these things – how ever much fun they look.

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’ or ‘Twinkle All the Way’. Laughs all the way, more like.

Video cards are more popular than ever. Mind you, we should have seen that coming a few years ago when 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.