Yes, it's December again. What does that mean – other than the gleeful decorating of a Christmas tree, lights twinkling in every street and the requisite mince pie replacing that afternoon chocolate bar?

Well, it also means that it’s time to deck your smartphone with boughs of holly in the form of some seriously Christmas-themed apps. Here, without further ado, are our top five favourite apps for this time of year.

Christmas Ringtones

Get yourself – and those around you – in the mood by setting up your phone with a Christmas ringtone. Will it be Jingle Bells or Silent Night? The best feature of all is that you can set a different ringtone for your different contacts. Fa la la la la la la la la.

The Christmas List

A pleasure to use, this app will help you manage the budget (which can get so easily out of control in this season of goodwill) and track what you’ve bought for whom. Wildly popular, with rave reviews.

Christmas Piano With Songs

Never is a little tinkle on the ivories more appealing than at Christmastime. But, with this handy little app, you can get some stealthy practice in before embarrassing yourself at parties throughout December. Learn to play over 50 classics – words included.

Christmas Booth

There are – literally – hours of fun to be had for all the family with this app that allows you to add seasonal stickers to the photos on your phone. It’s too good. You can save your creations and roll them out on social media. New stickers have been added this year.

Sleeps to Christmas 2

Download this animated app to help your children count down to the big day. With its excellent graphics and Christmas songs, you may just find you check in with it occasionally (daily as well. Let the kids shake your phone – and they will hear sleigh bells ring, too. These people think of everything!

November 2017