Windows 8 Christmas apps spread joy and cheer

If you already own a Windows 8 PC or tablet, or if you know you are getting one for Christmas, there are plenty of apps that you can download from the Windows Store to get you in the Christmas spirit. We have already reported on the official NORAD Santa Tracker app, which will let kids all over the world track Santa's progress this evening, but there are other apps you can check out as well.

The free Christmas Carols Express app plays short versions of many well-known Christmas songs for those of you at home who want to sing as you are unwrapping Christmas presents.

If you want to combine Christmas with gaming, check out the free Rescue Xmas game a try. This platformer has users playing the role of Santa as he has to free Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his own helpers, who have been locked up by the evil Scrooge in 60 levels.

One of the best Christmas stories of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Now, the tale from Dr. Seuss has an official version made for Windows 8 for $4.99. It features audio narration and background audio, along with three reading modes ("Read to Me," "Read it Myself," and "Auto Play") as kids of all ages can learn how a strange green creature learns about what Christmas is really all about.

If you want to check on Santa's reindeer before they go on their big trip later tonight, you can do so with the free ReindeerCam app. You can even watch as Santa feeds his trusty transportation before they go on their around the world journey.

Finally, after all of the presents have been opened, you can quickly turn your Windows 8 PC into a Burning Fireplace with a free Windows 8 app. It even comes with some crackling sound effects for people who want to feel like they are in a romantic seasonal mood.

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