Appolicious powers Verizon Educational Tools

Seven iPhone apps to help survive the holiday season

by Kate Currin

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the in-laws are snuggled in the guest room, and all you want to do is run away from it all. Stay sane and prepare for the Holiday Season by loading your iPhone with some helpful survival apps.

A Charlie Brown Christmas ($5.99)

You are never too old for Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Get into the holiday spirit with the Charlie Brown Christmas app. Curl up on the couch with your family or your own Snoopy and peruse this charming holiday app. You will absolutely love decorating your own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

Matchbook (Free)

Playing host and tour guide this holiday season? Pre-plan your daily events with the free Matchbook app. Use this one to bookmark places you walk by or search for and include notes for when you want to come back. Keep track of which family members may enjoy particular places. Have a vegan aunt? Find all the local vegan options and bookmark them for easy access later.


Looking for even more Christmas-themed apps? Start your search with these.


Red Stamp (Free)

No time for official holiday photos or to send out season’s greetings cards? No worries. Use the free Red Stamp iPhone app to email, text, post or even mail holiday greetings from wherever you are at the moment. Do you always forget to send thank you notes? Capture a picture of Junior opening Auntie’s gift and post it to her Facebook wall straight away. Oh, the magic of technology!

ServiceMagic Mobile (Free)

Don’t let exploding toilets and leaky sinks ruin your holidays. Prepare for disasters with the free ServiceMagic Mobile app. Check out local professionals in your area that can fix almost any household disaster and put them on your speed dial. The app includes reviews for all of the ServiceMagic-approved professionals.

Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails ($1.99)

Some occasions call for a stiff drink, such as cleaning up after your sister’s cat or changing your nephew’s dirty diaper. Take the edge off family time this holiday season with the Martha Stewart Cocktails for iPhone and iPod Touch app. Try the Coffee with Cognac or a Pear-Rosemary cocktail to liven up your holiday party.

Spa Music Radio ($0.99)

Unwind with a nice hot shower and the sounds of the free Spa Music Radio app. Everybody needs a few human moments to themselves away from the sparkling vampires, i.e. Bella Swan Cullen. While you steal away for your “me” time, listen to some calming tunes to relax you in no time.

Yoga Journal’s FindYoga (Free)

To survive the holidays, you may need more than just a cocktail and a hot shower. It’s the perfect time to check out a yoga class and start a daily practice to keep you calm. Use Yoga Journal’s free FindYoga iPhone app to find a class no matter where you are. Are you a yoga beginner? Never fear, check out the style guide to find the perfect type of yoga for you.