Amazon Alexa receives Christmas Update brings Countdown, Songs and Santa Claus Imitation

Amazon Alexa receives Christmas Update that brings Countdown, Songs and Santa Claus Imitation, Christmas Voice Commands and Christmas Lights Routines
Alexa Christmas Update

Alexa Christmas Update

Amazon Alexa, a cloud-based voice service received a thematic update that added several features geared to the Christmas period, from music, imitation of Santa Claus, and some curiosities.

According to Amazon, Alexa will celebrate and help customers get into the Christmas mood with an illustration of the date's origin, as well as tips on how to decorate a Christmas tree and recipes for Dinner.

Christmas songs won't be missing either. To get into the mood right now, you can ask: “Alexa, sing a Christmas song” to hear an original Christmas song, including the good old man himself in performance, letting out his voice.

Alexa can also play a Christmas Classics playlist. For that, just say: “Alexa, play the Christmas Classics playlist”. And on December 25th, the good old man will make a special appearance in the editorial “Alexa, good morning”.

You can even ask “Alexa, tell a Christmas joke” to hear themed jokes about the date. From December 15th to 25th, the assistant will countdown with a cameo by asking "Alexa, how many days are left until Christmas?"

The assistant can also read the letters written by JRR Tolkien, which just like in the book, Letters from Santa Claus from the HarperKids label by Harper Collins, are told in the voices of the main characters. 

Just ask: "Alexa, a Christmas letter".

Alexa Christmas Voice Commands

Here are the Christmas Voice Commands that can be asked to Alexa:

  1. "Alexa, imitate Santa Claus"
  2. "Alexa, what is Santa Claus doing?"
  3. "Alexa, what is the origin of the Christmas tree?"
  4. "Alexa, who are Santa's helpers?"
  5. "Alexa, when will Santa Claus arrive?"
  6. "Alexa, ask Santa Claus where he is"
  7. "Alexa, how can I see Santa Claus?"
  8. "Alexa, who created Santa Claus?"
  9. “Alexa, when is Christmas?”
  10. “Alexa, tell a Christmas joke”
  11. “Alexa, play the Christmas Classics playlist”
  12. “Alexa, make a call to Grandma”

Set up Alexa Christmas Lights Routines

Anyone with compatible smart outlets can also schedule a routine to turn the Christmas tree lights on and off, for example, at predetermined times. Here's how to Set Up an Alexa Routine

These are the steps to create a Routines with Alexa:

To set up Routines,

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone;
  2. Click on the “More” option (bottom right corner of the screen);
  3. Select the option “Routines”;
  4. Click on “+” (upper right corner);
  5. Tap on “Enter a name for the routine” and name it, then click on next (top right);
  6. Tap on “When this happens” and choose between the interaction options for the routine to be activated. It can be by voice (with an activation phrase like “Alexa, turn on the Christmas lights”), a time, an alarm (when activated);
  7. Then go to “Add Action” and customize Alexa's actions.
  8. You can choose what Alexa will say, what actions she will perform or what smart home tasks she should trigger (like turning on the Christmas tree lights, for example).
  9. When you have finished setting up your routine, tap “Save” (top right).

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