Christmas means many things to many people, but for a great deal of us, it's all about being home for the holidays. In these days of austerity, not everyone can have the cosy Christmas that they've dreamt of all year, and there aren't many of us that have a genuine homely hearth to gather around. But, as the saying goes, there's an app for that...

iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

If your textbook Christmas is lacking in yule-tide warmth then look no further than this HD-compatible festive fireside simulator. It works on iPod touch, but if you're the proud owner of an iPhone 4 or an iPad then you'll be able to watch your festive flames in high definition.

As well as the benefits of a homely fireplace, without the danger of a house fire, you can choose from the comforting sounds of the peaceful crackling flames, or take your pick from a selection of 21 Christmas songs.

In total, you'll get more than 55 minutes of tinsel-tinged songs, including Deck the Halls, Silent Night, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. It even includes Auld Lang Syne to seamlessly carry you through to the new year. That means that you're effectively getting a whole album's worth of festive music for the price of an app. Scrooge would approve.

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