Ho ho ho! Christmas, perhaps the merriest time of the year, is just around the corner. And what will be the better way than using the miracle of AI to get into the holiday spirit? Well, Amazon’s Alexa is flying off the sleeves this festive season. Let’s have a quick look at some of the fun Christmas things to do with Alexa.
Fun Christmas Things to do with Alexa
Play Christmas Music
Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber? If so, you can use Alexa to play all kinds of Christmas tunes, from ‘That’s Christmas to Me’ by Pentatonix to ‘The Greatest Songs of Christmas’ by various artists. On the other hand, if you have an Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify subscription, there’s an extensively larger pool of holiday tunes to play.
But what if you’ve no subscription? Don’t panic; you can enable the Christmas Radio skill and ask Alexa to play it. You can always Amazon’s little smart gal to sing you a Christmas carol. The result may surprise you.
Control Your Christmas Lights
One of the fun Christmas things to do with Alexa is to put the virtual assistant to work as the traffic cop for your holiday lights. All you need to do is simply plug any filament of lights into a smart, Alexa-compatible outlet. Now, say, ‘Alexa, turn the Christmas tree lights on’. In this way, Alexa helps you transform your ordinary home into the smart home system.
You can also invest in a strand of lights that are smart. For instance, the Light Rhapsody (currently $55) can change colors, perform various effects, and much more. Given that they’re Alexa-compatible, so you don’t need a special outlet.
Listen to ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and Other Stories
Amazon’s Alexa can narrate the entire poem, though her reading lacks a certain warmth, unlike her singing. For a livelier version, you can ask her to play the poem as sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary.
Play Christmas Sounds
In case you’re looking for a festive holiday soundtrack that’s not music, just enable the Christmas Sounds skill and then ask the smart gal to play it. You’ll be treated to a running stream of Christmas carolers, clopping hooves, hooting owls, and then some. It’s like there’s a whole party going on inside your Amazon Echo.
Tracking Santa is one of the fun Christmas things to do with Alexa. Just enable the Norad Tracks Santa skill and ask Alexa, ‘where’s Santa?’ to get an updated location. You can also use Norad’s ‘Santa Files’ to know some interesting facts about Santa Claus.
Suggest Daily Acts of Kindness
Want to do a noble cause this holiday season? Well, you just need to enable the Christmas Kindless skill for Alexa and it’ll suggest you a random act of kindness on a daily basis. Great, isn’t it?
Explore Christmas Trivia
Have you ever wondered what is Christmas, why it is celebrated or who is Santa Claus? Well, if you’ve any Alexa-enabled Amazon device, you don’t need to wonder anymore. Alexa knows a fair bit about the world’s biggest holiday. You can ask her any of the following questions:
- Is Santa Claus real?
- How old is Santa Claus?
- Where does Santa Claus live?
- What can you tell me about Santa’s reindeer?
- Who is your favorite reindeer?
- What do you know about Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer?
- What is the true meaning of Christmas?
So, these were some of fun Christmas things to do with Alexa. Do you know any other things that Alexa can do during this festive season? Let us know in the comments section below.