Christmas? There’s an Israeli app for that

Israeli company has no less than ten apps devoted to December 25 and its associated characters.

By JTA
December 25, 2013 19:59
1 minute read.
Israeli Christmas app

Israeli Christmas app. (photo credit: courtesy JTA)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

In the iPhone and iPad app “Santa Rescue Saga: Doctor X Christmas Adventure,” children are tasked with healing Kris Kringle’s cold, getting him unstuck from a chimney, extricating him from a block of ice and assorted other adventures. Their mission: to allow Santa to do his job on Christmas night.

The app opens with a short rhyme:

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Santa’s sick and like Rudolph,
His nose is red!
There’s no Christmas without him!
Help him get out of bed!


The app’s producer? TabTale, an Israeli startup that has created 220 apps with more than 240 million downloads.

TabTale was ranked among the top ten app publishers by ranking site AppAnnie.com, and boasts $13.5 million in funding. Its mission is to create interactive, educational books and games for children on mobile devices.

The company can, in part, thank Christmas for that success. Among its dozens of children’s apps are no less than ten devoted to December 25 and its associated characters.

“A Christmas Tale” is an interactive children’s book that tells kids the story of a family awaiting Santa at night and enjoying their presents in the morning. “The Shoemaker and the Elves” is, to quote the app’s own description, “A story by the Brothers Grimm adapted by Yael Nussbaum [and] illustrated by Is Gat.” I don’t know them, but I’m gonna guess they don’t celebrate Christmas.



One note of caution: If you download the apps in Israel, don’t be surprised if, next to Santa, you see a sabra smiling at you from a banner ad for an Israeli dating website.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD