Celebrating Christmas on Facebook

Want to spread a little holiday cheer in bits and bytes rather than dollars and cents?

You’re not alone–seven of the 20 Facebook apps that have gained the most users in the past week are holiday themed, according to AppData, a site that tracks Facebook application metrics.

In the lead this week is the Christmas Cards! app on Facebook, developed by Janet Currie, which has nearly 200,000 fans and 13.8 million monthly active users. It gained more than 5 million users during the past week. Users select one of several cartoon-like Christmas greetings, including an animated picture of three cats wearing Santa hats.

The Christmas Greetings app, which allows users to choose from dozens of Christmas-themed “gifts” (read: various photos of Christmas trees and ornaments), has more than 3 million active monthly users and over 52,000 fans. It garnered nearly 2.5 million new users to snag the No. 6 spot on AppData’s list of top gainers this week.

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