Welcome to Santa Diary!

Diary, Goals, Santa Letters


Thanks for checking out my Santa Diary app. It is currently in production and I anticipate it going live in late Spring.

Santa Diary is a christmas themed app that helps promote journaling, reflection, and self-regulation.

  1. Work together with your child to create daily diary entries.
  2. Write and receive letters from Santa
  3. Set goals and find out if you're on the nice or naughty list.

Each day the child is asked one or two simple but important questions like

  1. Tell me about your day?
  2. What was one thing that made you smile today?
  3. What was one kind thing you did for someone today?
  4. What was one thing you learned today?

It's a way of processing a variety of their emotions and reactions. After the child completes a certain number of questions within a category, they will receive a letter from a Christmas Elf. This letter is customized by the parent/guardian to include specific details about that child. It's all about making the child feel heard and giving meaningful feedback.

They can also write and receive letters from Santa, complete goals set by Santa's elves, and check if they are on the nice or naughty list. All of this feedback is customized by the parent/guardian within a password protected area of the app.

All icons on this app are created by Freepik - Flaticon. These include all Christmas, dinosaurs, animals, and sports related icons.

Happy Learning!

Santa Diary

A selection of screenshots

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What I learned...

Oh so much!

My app involves data storage (using the Filemanager) and so many tableviews. I learned how to customize tableview cells, create collection views, and build data structures for all my constants. I used cocoapods to include some third party code.

What was hard

I'm working hard on figuring out how and when to display certain information. I always need to look at this app from the child's point of view. What kind of questions should I ask? What does research say is good for a child to reflect on? What to include in the app to keep the child engaged? I added a couple simple animations and my kid will trigger it for 20 minutes.


I just started working on database integration. I've designed the app to work locally on your phone using the Filemanager. But in order for the app to work on multiple devices (maybe even the web!), I need to add a feature that lets all the app data sync with an online database. That way the child can access their diary from any device.

Privacy Policy

Right to the point...

Any data created (ie. letters, diary entries, goals, etc.) by the user is stored solely on their own personal device. We do not collect or store any user information. Should that change with any future release, the privacy policy will be updated and more detailed information on any data collection or analytics will be provided. Any further questions regarding privacy may be emailed to JankyApps@gmail.com.


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This Service does not use these “cookies” explicitly.

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Children’s Privacy

I do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13 . In the case I discover that a child under 13 has provided me with personal information, I immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact me so that I will be able to do necessary actions.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

I may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, you are advised to review this page periodically for any changes. I will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately after they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about my Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact me at jankyapps@gmail.com.