Christmas Countdown is a countdown app that allows you to view how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds there are until the big day. There is a badge icon to easily check throughout the day without opening the app, and once in the app you can select from snowman, Santa, reindeer, elf, or generic silhouette wearing Santa hat.
The default music is set to Jingle Bells, but you can also select from Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Oh Christmas Tree; Oh Holy Night; and What Child is This.
Finally you can change the falling snowflakes size, speed, and number. It's funny that you can change the color as well, but I guess some people like rainbow colored snowflakes.
Why Download the App
While it is true that there are many app options for a countdown, Christmas Countdown specifically counts down to Christmas day, and allows you to easily reference when the big day will come. Kids start asking about this typically right after Hallowe’en when the weather turns colder and they are waiting for the next holiday. It is great that there is a badge that you can quickly glance at. If your child wants more information, then open up that app to share.
Kids are curious and want to know exactly! My son was about seven when he first wanted to know the time left to the second, and still corrects me when I say quarter to when it’s really twelve minutes to! He's eleven! My middle daughter is six now, so I know it’s coming from her too, although she is less time-oriented. With this app, there is no guess work or figuring it out mathematically, although that can be a fun exercise in math for kids too. As I write this, the app reads 85 days, 10 hours, 56 minutes, and 48 seconds.
One last thing to mention is that it works off of your iPhone clock so it will update depending on your time zone automatically if you travel during the holidays.
Syncs once to your device and then counts down automatically
Badge for easy reference
Five fun backgrounds
Christmas only, not Yule or Hanukkah
The reindeer image
Christmas Countdown is a great tool for your iPad and iPhone to tell the kids exactly when Christmas is coming. Kids love to ask how much longer, and with this app you can tell them exactly when the big man is coming. Overall, this is a great app for kids, and I hope to see the developer release for other holidays in the future.