Festive cheer has never been more needed after such a tumultuous year, and many will be eagerly looking forward to a bit of joy this Christmas - especially kids.
To help bring a bit of Christmas magic to festivities, Amazon’s Alexa is leaving special messages from Santa for youngsters to enjoy.
A message from Santa
If you own the voice-controlled device, you simply need to get your kids to ask Alexa how many days there are until Christmas. Alexa will then respond with the answer and ask if you’d like to hear an update from Santa himself.
A special message from Father Christmas will follow, in which he promises to keep your child up to date with the latest festive news, as well as detailing how he’s been preparing for the busiest time of the year.
Many Alexa users have already reported his response, with Santa stating, “Ho ho ho, I’m so looking forward to Christmas.
“I will be starting my daily Christmas update very soon, so make sure you come back if you love Christmas.
“Come back tomorrow for another Christmas update.”
Meanwhile, other users have reported hearing Santa talking about being busy baking mince pies with Mrs Claus at their home in the North Pole.
The unique feature was shared by a mum on the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, prompting thousands of parents to respond in thanks for the tip.
More Christmas features
As well as the message from Santa, there are a number of other festive features that can be enabled on an Alexa device.
The Santa feature by HUGO.FM will allow kids to ask Father Christmas to carry out a variety of tasks, including:
- Reading a story
- Announcing the news headlines from the North Pole
- Singing a song
- Working out, meditating or doing yoga
- Asking Santa what you should watch
- Playing Carol music
- Telling a joke
- Asking Santa to beatbox
- Activating the Santa tracking satellites to pinpoint his location
- Asking for fashion advice
Once you’ve enabled the feature, simply say, “Alexa, open Santa Claus,” and then ask Santa what you would like to know.
Alexa can also recite The Night Before Christmas poem, play festive music, send digital Christmas cards, and recount various Christmas trivia.
For a full list of Christmas features, simply search Alexa Christmas skills on the Amazon website.