Freienbach, Switzerland – JustKidsApps today is pleased to announce the release of a free LITE version of its recently updated nostalgic Advent calendar 2012, beautifully illustrated by Viviane Dommann. The LITE version contains the first four windows of the full version, the remaining 20 windows can be obtained via In-App-Purchase.

Do you remember how excited you felt each morning in December, counting down the days until Christmas? The thrill from being allowed to eat the chocolate from your advent calendar before breakfast? Have you watched your children argue over who gets to open today’s window or smiled at the delight on their faces as they uncover a little keepsake?

Starting the days in December by opening the door on an Advent Calendar is a fun tradition enjoyed by many, but the best thing about Christmas is that it’s about so much more than ‘things’.

“Our Advent Calendar app is a lovely way to reinforce something that we believe is really important at Christmas-time: sharing as a family”, says Katrin Draemann Barothy, founder and owner at JustKidsApps. “Each evening, sit down together with our app and see what our calendar has in store for you to share together.”

With over 100 pages, the windows have something behind them for everyone:
* Christmas-related short stories and poems by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, O. Henry, M. A. Haley, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Clement Clarke Moore and others
* 3 recipes
* Spot the difference and other little games
* Instructions on how to make a gift box

All beautifully and whimsically illustrated by Viviane Dommann. Zoom in and explore together all the pictures and discover:
* Christmas figures like Santa Claus and The Nutcracker sharing the pages with characters from well-known European folk tales.
* Interactive features such as Pinocchio’s nose – do you know where it goes? That his nose in fact grows?!
* Hidden sounds – Christmas tunes, animal noises, musical instruments and more, oh my!

“And unlike ‘real’ Advent Calendars, your children can’t ‘cheat’ and open the windows ahead of time!”, says Katrin. “Starting on December 1st, a window will open each day until Christmas and cannot be opened beforehand – unless this feature is deactivated in iPad settings.”

Regardless of where you live, with JustKidsApps’ Advent calendar 2012 you can enjoy together an advent season full of snow, baking, stories, games, music and most importantly, family.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* LITE version requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 53.6 MB
* Full version requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 49.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Advent calendar 2012 is $3.99 US (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Advent calendar 2012 LITE (v1.0.1) – get in the mood for Advent time is free with $3.99 IAP to upgrade to the full version.

Advent calendar 2012 LITE (v1.0.1)
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Based in Freienbach, Switzerland, JustKidsApps is a small, independent developer of digital children’s books for iPad. JustKidsApps takes the children’s privacy seriously: none of their apps includes analytics, any kind of tracking, social network features or ads, and they do not collect personal information. In-App-Purchase is only used in FREEMIUM apps to upgrade to the full version. JustKidsApps is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. Copyright (C) 2012 JustKidsApps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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