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Merry Christmas! 8 things you should read today

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What to read if you need a bit of peace today

Happy Christmas everyone! We hope you’re having a good one, but at some point the traditional festive fatigue is bound to set in. When that happens, the best thing to do is find a quiet corner and curl up with your iPhone or iPad.

We’ve been posting a fair few festive articles recently, many of which suggest ways technology can improve the holidays, or the best apps to help you pass the time. In case you’ve missed any of our recent output, here’s a recap of everything relevant to Christmas Day cheer.

Christmas apps

First of all, make sure you’ve read our recommendations of the best apps for Christmas Day. It might be too late to fix a burnt turkey, but there are plenty more great apps in the roundup to keep things running as smoothly as possible through the evening and beyond.

We also posted a list of the best apps for Christmas planning, many of which are still relevant today.

Things to do

Dinner is finished, the planned festivities are coming to an end, and people are starting to go home. What do you do next to keep yourself entertained while you’re off work?

Well, for starters you could grab a handful of these fantastic games that are currently on sale for just a dollar each. You can’t go wrong with Apple’s selection of the best apps and games of the year either – see all the winners of this year’s App Store Awards for more great recommendations.

If you spent Christmas sharing music recommendations with friends and family, or admiring Uncle Johnny’s alternative Christmas playlist, make sure you know how to open Apple Music links in Spotify and vice versa for optimal sharability.

Digital prep

If you’ve got young family visiting this festive season – or you have little ones of your own – make sure you child-proof your iPhone by changing a few simple settings. You’ll be glad you did.

While you’re feeling smart and efficient, now might be a good time to set up some clever time-saving shortcuts to help automate your life through 2022.

Finally, if you’re worried about being stuck at home longer than usual thanks to the resurgence of COVID-19 in some parts of the world, now may be a good time to revisit our guide to the best apps to make the best of lockdown.