Take time to relax this holiday season by letting yoursmart or help with the seasonal festivities by , and . Your Amazon Echo device can also get you into the Christmas spirit — Alexa can make you feel like the you are, for example, by turning on all the Christmas lights with just a command (without the citywide blackout, of course). Amazon’s voice assistant can also let you know when the gifts you ordered will arrive.
You can use theseskills when you want to impress your family — even family you won’t be able to spend time with this holiday season. These features require little to no setup, and they’re super easy to use. Keep reading to find fun Amazon Echo hacks and commands you can use for the holidays.
Control your smart lights with Alexa
Too cold to go outside and unplug all those lights you have strung around your house? No problem — you canto instantly turn on and off at specific times using the Alexa app. For example, you may only want the lights on when it’s dark out, so program them to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise. Or you can set specific times, like turn on at 6 p.m. and off at 7 a.m. And if you’ve got a set up in your house, you can automate the lights for it, as well. Note that you’ll need a for this to work.
Start by opening the Alexa app and select Routines from the menu. Tap the Plus (+) icon to add a new routine. Select When this happens. Next, select Schedule.
Here, you will be able to choose Sunrise or Sunset or set a specific time and select the days you want this routine to happen. Tap Next and then Add action. Select Smart Home and tap All Devices.
From here, select the smart plug that’s connected to your lights. Then, toggle the power switch to On or Off, depending on which schedule you’re setting up. Tap Next and then Save.
Track your gift purchases with Alexa
If you’re curious about when a gift is going to arrive at your house from Amazon, you can ask Alexa to track your package. Just say, “Alexa, where are my packages?” and it’ll let you know when they are expected to arrive. Yourwill also light up yellow when there’s a that has arrived or is on the way.
Play Christmas music on your Echo speaker
Nothing makes wrapping gifts (and unwrapping them!) more exciting than having your favorite Christmas tunes playing on your Echo device in the background. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can just say, “Alexa, play Christmas songs.” If you’re not, you can always connect your preferred music streaming service through the Alexa app — or just download the Christmas Radio skill.
Send holiday greeting cards with Alexa
OK, so Alexa can’t send physical holiday greeting cards, but the voice assistantto other Alexa devices. You’ll need to go to the Alexa Skill Blueprints page and select Hallmark Holiday Greeting. Then you can pick a greeting that best suits you and customize it with a personal message or recording. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your holiday greeting.
When you’re ready to send the holiday greeting to your loved ones, click Share With Others. The recipients will need to enable the skill on their Alexa device, and once they have it set up, they just need to say, “Alexa, open Holiday Greeting.” Now they’ll be able to hear your message.
Fun holiday commands to ask Alexa
Try out these Alexa holiday commands, too:
- “Alexa, how many days until Christmas?”
- “Alexa, play Christmas sounds.”
- “Alexa, Christmas tree.”
- “Alexa, read The Night Before Christmas.”
- “Alexa, add apple pie to my shopping list.”
- “Alexa, track Santa.”
- “Alexa, search for A Charlie Brown Christmas on Fire TV.”
- “Alexa, ask Santa Claus if I’m naughty or nice.”
- “Alexa, tell me a snowman joke.”
- “Alexa, what can you tell me about Santa’s reindeer?”
- “Alexa, create a gift list.”
- “Alexa, shop for kids’ stocking stuffers.”
- “Alexa, will it snow on Christmas Day?”
- “Alexa, wake me up at 7 a.m. to Jingle Bells.”
- “Alexa, open Christmas Kindness.”
- “Alexa, how many calories are in a Christmas pudding?”
- “Alexa, tell me a Christmas story.”
- “Alexa, what’s the best Christmas movie?”
- “Alexa, what do you want for Christmas?”
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