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It's the most wonderful time of the year! I love Christmas and all the things that come along with celebrating the holiday season. As soon as Thanksgiving is over I can hardly wait to start cranking the Christmas songs. This time of the year is even more exciting when you have kids. There's something extra special about seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. The joy and wonderment just fills your heart with Christmas cheer.

Holiday Traditions the New Way with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show

This year we've found a fun way to introduce our kids to Christmas traditions in a way that they can really connect with. Times have changed. Kids these days have access to way more technology than ever before and use it in ways I never would have imagined growing up.

Holiday Traditions the New Way with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show

Reading Christmas stories, listening to holiday songs, baking cookies, shopping for gifts and going to see Christmas lights. These are all holiday traditions that Alexa has helped make easier and more exciting this year. I don't know how we ever lived without these devices now that they are a part of our everyday life.

We received the Echo Dot Kids Edition this year and have had so much fun getting into the holiday spirit with the help of all the holiday themed content. With the Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime on Alexa kids have access to tons of entertainment, from age-appropriate music to audiobooks and Alexa skills.

Holiday Traditions the New Way with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show

Brady loves trying out the holiday themed Alexa skills. It's our favorite end of the day activity. Visiting Santa is one of our favorite holiday traditions. And now with the help of Alexa we can make the experience even more magical thanks to Alexa skills.

Here are a few we've had fun with:

  • Alexa, call Santa
  • Alexa, can reindeer fly?
  • Alexa, track Santa Claus
  • Alexa, read a Christmas Carol
  • Alexa, play Christmas music

Echo Dot Kids Edition is made for especially for kids. It comes with the Echo Dot device plus a whole year of FreeTime Unlimited, a kid friendly case and 2 years of Amazon's worry-free guarantee.

Holiday Traditions the New Way with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show

Echo Dot Kids Edition also includes world-class parental controls with Amazon FreeTime on Alexa so parents can select which services and skills kids can use. Turn off voice purchasing and block song lyrics with Amazon Music. I also love the  Household Communications feature for making announcements, calling, messaging and drop-in within the home.

Parents can also manage and control their child's experience on Parent Dashboard.

FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa includes over 300 Audible kids’ books, kid-friendly, ad-free radio stations and playlists, character alarms, and premium Alexa skills that kids will love. FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa is also available on Echo devices, including Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot starting at $2.99 per month. And, families that already subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited on Fire tablets or Android devices can enjoy FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa content at no additional cost.

Alexa voice services make it fun and easy for kids to learn through stories, entertainment and games. My son loves to ask Alexa questions, it sparks his curiousity and imagination trying to come up with things to learn about. And he loves settling down at night to a new bedtime story. Alexa engages his mind and body in so many ways, getting him excited about games, giggling over jokes and getting up to move and groove to music.

As a mom, I love using the Echo Show to help with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I use it to help me look up holiday recipes, add ingredients to our grocery list, find gifts for Christmas shopping and to set reminders for all of our holiday events. It saves me so much time and keeps me on track with our busy schedule so we have time for all our holiday bucket list fun.

So if you're looking for an awesome gift to give this holiday season, or just want to introduce a fun new device to your family, pick up the Echo Dot Kids Edition. And if you want a great gift your whole family will use and love then the Echo Show should be on your Christmas list!

Holiday Traditions the New Way with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show

Holiday Traditions the New Way with Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show