Christmas Advent Calendar: Spreading the Good Word, One Day at a Time


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Christmas Advent Calendar: Written iPhone App Review

Christmas Advent Calendar for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

It’s officially the holiday season here at the iPhone App Review, as the Christmas-related applications are beginning to roll onto our desk! We’re not complaining, though: It’s always a great time of the year for new iOS discoveries and recommendations. Case in point is a simple yet powerful app titled Christmas Advent Calendar by developer Barcelona Multimedia. The app presents both you and your children with a simplistic yet emotional way to uncover the true meaning of Christmas one day at a time. Want our full review? Just look below beyond the break!

Concept and Functionality

The idea behind Christmas Advent Calendar looks something like this: Essentially, the app serves as an advent reinvented for the iPad and iPhone. Day by day, your children can login to the application, tap the next day in the list, and receive an immediate snapshot at a classic Biblical event. Each new day will guide your child through the various stages of the infant Jesus’ birth, beginning with the story of how Mary and Joseph found lodging in a stable. You’ll get all the classic details, and inside a format that’s unbelievably easy to manage.

The days and events are spread out on a star-like map using a numbers grid. This makes it easily accessible to your children. If they’re still too young—or you’d rather spend some holiday time with your kids, anyway—you can always curl up with an iPad or iPhone, tap through the days, and explain the meaning of the stories yourself. This is a great way to instruct your children about Jesus, as well as the importance of the season.

Design and Graphics

Christmas Advent Calendar for iPhone

Christmas Advent Calendar for iPhone

Overall, we have very little to complain about within the design and feel of the app. As stated, we’re big fans of the simple interface, as well as how easily our children can navigate it. We also appreciate the fact that the app comes in a multitude of languages—merci! In addition, the hand drawn artwork, though not the best we’ve seen in a children’s application, is certainly good enough to hold any child’s interest. At the end of the day, it’s a solid effort with a whole lot of sentimental impact behind it.

Overall Value

Oh, and did we mention that the app is completely free in the App Store? Because it is, which means if you’re out one advent calendar for the season, there’s no better way to get prepared before December 1. The app is a tremendous value for the nothing it will cost you, and if you take the time to sit with your children each day of the advent, we promise you’ll find even more memory-making potential in Christmas Advent Calendar.

Christmas Advent CalendarChristmas Advent Calendar requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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