The smell of cookies and cakes, the laughter of family and friends; and the excitement of opening shiny, new gift baskets — the holiday season has finally embraced us all. We’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving, donning masks and feasting safely. Now, it’s time for the biggest festival of the year: Christmas.
Thanks to the pandemic, the definition of Christmas is likely to change a little. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action, enjoy the festival, safely and soundly. Still, if you’re having a hard time igniting the holiday spirit, we might have a couple of useful tools for you.
Read on to learn all about the widgets that would genuinely give your holiday spirit a healthy boost.
Widgets to lift your spirit
Widgets are tiny little activity areas on your screen that allow you to get a lot of work done with just a glance. These little app extensions make sure you’re not required to open the main app every time you want to look at something or get something done. Here’s a list of widgets that, we believe, can get you in the classic Christmassy mood.
Starting off this list with one of the best Christmas apps out there. Think of it as an amalgamation of everything you could ever need for Christmas. Of course, it has a classic Christmas countdown widget that can just sit on your home screen and tell you exactly when Christmas is. It also treats you to new Christmas wallpapers and songs throughout the month. And finally, it tells you all the epic stuff you could do to invoke the Christmas spirit in you.
The app doesn’t have any ads, as it goes against the developer’s ethics. However, if you wish to enjoy all of its features, including widgets, you’ll need to shell out $0.99 for the premium version.
Sleeps till Christmas (Widget)
If you’re one of those people who love to leave out cookies for Santa and Rudolf, you’re ought to fall in love with this little widget instantly. It doesn’t have a plethora of great features like the previous entrant, and we honestly don’t believe it needs them. It’s meant to be a simple app/widget, curated specifically to tell you how many nights you’ll need to sleep through to wake up on Christmas morning. And it certainly delivers on that promise.
Sleeps till Christmas is a completely free app and doesn’t force you to sit through hours of mindless advertisements. You can simply download it from the link below and add it directly to your home screen whenever you feel like it.
Christmas Tree Widget
Most of us have look forward to bringing home the famous Christmas tree in the final days of December. The Christmas tree is considered as the hallmark of a good time — an element we can’t celebrate Christmas without. Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of getting a tree for Christmas or decorating it as we see fit. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t go digital and have some fun.
This Christmas Tree Widget isn’t exactly winning medals for aesthetics and mechanics, but it does put a Christmas tree on the porch of your phone. Additionally, you could very easily decorate with ornaments and gifts — all of which are provided by the widget/app itself. You can get it for free and there aren’t any ads to throw you off your Christmas game.
New Year Tree (Widget)
We know what the title reads and would like to assure you that it’s thoroughly misleading. This widget isn’t meant for new year celebrations, as it pretty much comes with a standard Christmas tree. Aesthetically speaking, this tree looks a lot better than the entry above, so, be sure to give this one a look before settling on a Christmas tree for your home screen.
The widget is available for free on the Google Play Store and can be used by practically any Android user on the planet. As mentioned, it doesn’t allow you to do much with the widget. You only get a nice looking Christmas tree on the home screen of your smartphone.
Christmas GO Weather Widget Theme
This is not a standalone widget, per se, but it’s still worth having a look for all Christmas fanatics. This premium theme is specifically for GO Weather EX, which happens to offer one of the coolest looking Christmas widgets out there.
To run this beautiful Christmas-themed weather widget, all you need to do is get the latest version of the Go. Weather Ex application, add its weather widget to your home screen and apply the theme in question. Since it’s a premium theme, you’ll either need to pay for the theme upfront or download a sponsored app to unlock this holiday-themed widget.
The Christmas tree is pretty much the mood-setter for the holiday season. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only one that can bring out the spirit of Christmas. Garlands, of course, aren’t as grand full-fledged Christmas trees, but they, too, have a spellbinding aura about them.
If you are a big fan of garlands, you’re likely to be thrilled with the widget we’re talking about here. The widget in question — Christmas Garland — will allow you to get a beautiful, intricately-designed garland on your Android home screen, and for free. The widget doesn’t come with a bunch of customization options, which means you can’t necessarily change how your garland looks. However, you can still resize the garland to suit your home screen decor, we found it to be a worthy addition.
Merry Christmas Clock Widget
Everyone loves having a neat, minimal, classy clock widget on their home screen. However, when it Christmas, we can definitely dial down our love for minimalism for a little while and focus on feasting on the holiday spirit. This clock widget in question will not appeal to staunch minimalists, of course, but it’s pretty much all you could ask for in a Christmas-themed clock widget. It’s red, golden, and green, with a beautiful garland sitting atop.
This beautiful little clock will cost you $0.99, but we believe it’s well worth the investment. It will make sure there are no annoying ads to rain on your holiday parade.
Christmas Santa clock widget
The Christmas Santa clock widget is a cherished member of our collection of cheesiest and most Christmassy widgets for Android devices. When a widget legitimately goes all out and places our beloved Santa inside a clock, you know they mean business. The Santa is also accompanied by a cursive “Merry Christmas” greeting and points happily — with a candy cane, no less — to the minute markings of the clock. He has a small, little elf on his back who takes charge of the hours.
The widget is super simple and demands no technical expertise out of you. All you have todo is go to Google Play Store, download the widget for free, and add it to your home screen.