‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
All the children and parents were busy on apps;
All glued to their screens with smiles ear-to-ear
For these four festive apps brought them all Christmas cheer.

Red Stamp (Android, iOS)

This free app allows users to create customized greeting cards with your own text or family photos, and also offers several templates for those not feeling so creative this Christmas. You can’t beat free, but you can get many more options through in-app purchases.

NORAD Tracks Santa (Android, iOS, Windows)

If someone is going to break into your house (even with presents), it would be nice to know exactly when they’re coming. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has brought their annual tradition of tracking the trajectory of Good Ol’ Saint Nick into a handy smartphone app. With a countdown, mini-games, and short articles on the history and traditions of Christmas, NORAD’s app can leave any restless kid assured that Santa Claus is coming to town.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Android, iOS)

If you haven’t shared this Dr. Seuss classic with your little ones, you’re depriving them of an amazing story the same way the Grinch deprived Whoville of the Holidays. Don’t be the Grinch. This interactive app allows parents or children to read the book themselves or have it brought to life with bravado through a narrator.

Elf Yourself (Android, iOS)

What Christmas would be complete without plastering your loved ones’ faces on dancing elves set to catchy (if not headache-inducing) music? The tongue-in-cheek nature of Elf Yourself makes for fun content to share on your social media, and because even elves need some cash, there are some in-app purchase to gain additional themes.

A Very Neon Christmas

Regardless of what you decide to download to your phone, the Rootstrap and entire Neon Roots team wish you a Merry Christmas!

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CEO and Co-founder of Neon Roots Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Neon Roots, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.