Christmas is a time of family gatherings, good food, even better desserts, lots of presents, and oodles of new Christmas themed apps. And with the iPad, you can purchase apps once and either play them all year round, or just delete them and reinstall next Christmas.

We found seven Christmas apps that will cost you a few bucks, but will bring hours of entertainment for those 12 days of Christmas.

A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas-AppA Charlie Brown Christmas

Chuck and friends have become a Christmas staple. In this app, you child will  have to help Charlie Brown, Snoppy and gang as they struggle to find the true meaning of Christmas. It features the dialogue from the 1965 classic, as well as the original voice of Charlie Brown, Peter Robbins. The app’s soundtrack and sound effects are also from the show. Your child can decorate the famous Christmas tree and participate in a contest to unlock rewards. $3.99.

Tell Santa ClausTell Santa Claus

Your children can knock on Santa’s door and enter Santa’s house to see him and tell him what they want for Christmas. The app will record the conversation between your child and Santa Claus, which you can email to family to share your child’s wish list. Santa also shows off his dance moves to the app’s featured Christmas music. $0.99.

Cookie DoodleCookie Doodle

Make your own Holiday cookies without the mess and – more importantly – without the calories. This app features 203 cookie cutters, 24 recipes, 21 flavors, 60 different sprinkles, and 85 toppings. Use the rolling pin to roll out the dough and bake your cookies in the app’s oven. Send photos to your friends. Yum. $0.99.

12 Days of Christmas12 Days of Christmas

This Christmas classic comes to life right on your iPad. The beautiful art was created by award winning illustrator, Breen Withrow. The app also includes an original soundtrack of beautiful Christmas music. Your child can record video and audio and share via Facebook and email. The playalong feature teaches counting as kids discover the amazing 12 gifts of Christmas. $1.99.

Santa's Christmas VillageSanta’s Christmas Village

Enjoy 17 fun activities this holiday season with Santa’s Christmas Village. There are over 25 Christmas songs to listen to as you play the games. Select an activity by moving around the animated village and choosing a game. Includes four-in-a-row, checkers, snowman hangman, word search, candy cane twist, tic-tac-toe, snowman match, bear piano, and much more. $1.99.

Christmas Tree HDChristmas Tree HD

Your child can decorate their own virtual Christmas tree with this fun app. Includes 19 items to decorate the tree and as you do so, listen to your own music or the included five Christmas beats. Enjoy the animated snowy background and save a photo of your tree to your iPad’s photo album. $0.99.

Elmo's Monster Maker HDElmo’s Monster Maker HD

Help Elmo make a monster. Give it a face, eyes, nose, and a hat. Elmo will play and dance with your creation. The app includes original Sesame Street video. Your child can play over and over again with this adorable app. Take a photo of your monster and save it to the photo album. Check out our review here! $3.99.

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