Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December and Christmas 2009


Over the last months our readers were complaining about the low quality of wallpapers featured in the Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series here on Smashing Magazine. To keep the very high quality of the competition and motivate artists and designers to put more thoughts and ideas into creating original and beautiful wallpapers, we carefully reviewed our quality guidelines and decided to select featured wallpapers more strictly. Consequently, over 65% of wallpapers submitted to us in November unfortunately didn’t make it to this post.

We may have been a bit too strict or we may have been not strict enough – please let us know what you think and please also let us know how we can improve the quality of this series!

This post features 45 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free.

Please notice:

  • all images can be clicked and lead to the preview of the wallpaper;
  • you can feature your work in our magazine1 by taking part in our desktop wallpaper calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

So which wallpapers have we received for December 2009?

Christmas couple

“Wallpaper Christmas couple is devoted to the coming holidays.” Designed by Egor Kosten4402 from Ukraine.

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Xmas Tree

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov65417019 from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Santa’s Beach

"”Dear kids of the World: No gifts this christmas, just big waves. Santa”" Designed by Cafundo Estudio Criativo33 from Brazil.

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Merry Skipmass

“Skipvine Interactive December’s Calendar.” Designed by Ionut Zamfir46 from Romania.

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Snow queen

Designed by Helena Lunding59 from Sweden.

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“Designed by Xabiso Ndaba” Designed by Xabiso Ndaba71 from United Kingdom.

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Fake Rudolf

Designed by Monica Corduneanu84 from Romania.

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“Winter is my favourite season and December is the heart of winters, it gives us shortest sunny days and longest cold nights , no doubt its the month of laziness but Christmas isthe most enjoyable and colorful event of this month so this wallpaper is a gift for last celebration of this year with this hope that new year will bring good days for all of us.” Designed by NarjisNaqvi115 from Pakistan.

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Red december

Designed by Catherine Galeano146 from Bogota, Colombia.

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Christmas Ribbons

“I love winter so much. It is all about Christmas season. Red colored ribbon signify the waiting for the Christmas.” Designed by vamsiraco159 from India.

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Where Jelly Beans Are Born

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov65417019 from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Crazy Santa

“This Santa I made for Xmas game in coopeation with Digibrand.” Designed by Alexander Bickov184 from Latvia.

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Christmas Snowman

“I wanted to make something different for this Christmas , so this turned out! I like it very much , especially the collors, so i hope that you will love it too!” Designed by Alexandra Ipate201 from Romania.

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“Large numbers on a paper background.” Designed by Valerie Morgan216 from USA.

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“A calendar for December wih a nice little girl standing in a rain of stars.” Designed by mooti235 from Germany.

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swing girl

Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari248 from Iran.

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“A calendar showing the special days in December. Get in the seasonal mood by visiting263 – one of the biggest Christmas sites on the web!” Designed by James Cooper264 from UK.

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Dance around Christmas

“Everyone is having a Merry Christmas with friends and family.” Designed by Chris Alexander (Yipori)281 from England.

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Santa’s searching

“For so long, I ‘ve been wondering how Santa managed to collect all the gifts for the good guys among us. And now I’m convinced maybe he’s using some hi-tech help. May you all have a beautiful and inspirational Xmas time!” Designed by Samoo306 from Italy.

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Snow Deers

“”A month of love and joy for all, beneath the white snow fall… Its cold, snowy and icy on the outside, but christmas keeps us all warm on the inside.” Designed by Arjun Raj Kumar.S319 from India.

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Stars and Stripes

Designed by Fabio Toscani328 from Italy.

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Rounded Xmas

“I wish all Smashing Magazine readers a wonderful Christmas time!” Designed by Federica Sibella347 from Italy.

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“A Christmas Celebration.” Designed by Karna Shukla364 from India.

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Hurry up, Rudolph!

“Well, the economic crisis even hit Santa Claus and he had to sell his sleigh and fire aaaaaall the reindeers – except for Rudolph, who now has to drag all the presents through the snow on his own….:) Initially I was inspired by a little Santa Claus ceramic figure I had bought recently. I just loved it so much, I had to make some kind of artwork out of it. Merry Christmas!” Designed by Nicole Bauer385 from Germany.

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uh Oh Snow

“The snowmen are the only ones unhappy about the situation. Happy holidays.” Designed by Kristen M. Leonard406 from USA.

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Seek Him

“I designed this wallpaper for inspiration during this Christmas season. It really encourages me to live in faith and hope.” Designed by Millicent Bowman423 from USA.

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Grass killer

“My wallpaper Grass Killer was inspired by sad and cold weather this month.” Designed by Egor Kosten4402 from Ukraine.

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Santa Lost His Hat

“With the rush of the holidays, how can you blame him.” Designed by Phidev Inc.457 from USA.

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Xmas in Happy World

“A simple wallpaper to celebrate December and Xmas in a happy way.” Designed by Denis466 from Hong Kong.

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“The magic of Christmas light.” Designed by Giada Degli Agostini479 from Italy.

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Anyway it’s my Umbrella.

“I draw this from seeing a beautiful thai woman walk with her umbrella on the street.” Designed by Chorkaew Patanukom498 from Thailand.

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Winter Magic

Designed by Pietje Precies513 from The Netherlands.

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Sad Mushroom

“Sometimes the holidays can make you feel blue ^__^Love hurts….♥ ouch!” Designed by Martha Garzon530 from Colombia, USA.

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Nyc Grunge

“Image taken with iPhone in NYC. Grunge design appied.” Designed by Corey Cassaw547 from USA.

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Happy Families are Made in China

“Outsourcing at it’s finest. Since all of our appliances and machines are made far east for the buying people far west, this wallpaper ironically briefly glimpses in the future of Mankind, but it is also homage to Tolstoy’s Ana Karenina and his thoughts on happy families: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.All of this was compiled from free resources around the Web. Background snow photo courtesy of Got3d559” Designed by Antonio Hadrovic560 from Croatia.

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"Keep it smashingly simple." Designed by Umut Isbilir568 from Turkey.

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Holiday Homeboys

“the festive frat boys, home for the holidays. make them apart of your december!” Designed by Justin Wright576 from USA.

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Feast of Desserts

“Desktop wallpapers with whimsical flair.” Designed by April Joy E. Jasmin592 from Philippines.

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Letter to Santa

“This wallpaper is one panel of a dark Christmas comic that we’ve been working on lately. We were inspired by old style Coca Cola commercials and wanted to give it a similar look. We’re planning to unveil the whole comic in a month on the Wet Raspberry Comics website.” Designed by Stefan and Xenia609 from USA.

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Colorful Christmas

“”Colorful Christmas” is just my vision about this holiday, everything shines and it’s so colorful!” Designed by Tha’s Trizoli626 from Brazil.

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Merry Christmas

“Though we hate to admit it, Christmas is all about dropping our design shield and basking in the glory of gawdy lights, terrible tunes, and even worse Christmas cards. This wallpaper celebrates in ‘in-your-face’ side of Christmas, with enough lights to bring down the power grid. Have a great holiday.” Designed by chopeh641 from UK.

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Xmas Gifts

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov65417019 from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Join in next month!

Please notice that we respect the ideas and motivation behind artists’ work which is why we’ve given artists full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience through their works. And this is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

Thanks to all designers for participation. Join in next month668! And smashing December and a smashing new year, folks!

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  1. 1

    Wow! Stunning collection as always from Smashing Magazine. What an honour it is to see my two sisters (Rosanna Bell, Sasha Bell) designs featured here on Smashing Magazine.

  2. 3

    They’re nice, but why are so many of them Christmas themed? Not everyone celebrates Christmas, I’d like to see a few more December/New Year/Winter/Neutral ones too!

    • 4

      I’m going to agree with that too. To many Christmas themed designs and as I don’t celebrate it it left me with very few choices.

      • 5

        Would love to have seen what you would come up with.
        The more the merrier!
        Anyone, from what I understand, could have submitted.

      • 6

        Yeah, even I agree with that point. Lots of Christmas themed designs.

      • 7

        Then Start to.

      • 8

        It’s free. If you don’t like it, then make your own. Or don’t visit anymore.

        Too much Christmas? Then I suggest you migrate to another planet where majority of the population does not celebrate such a holiday.

        Oh, and make sure you go to work on the 25th, since you don’t believe in the spirit of the holiday anyway.

        Anyway, for me the balance of non-Christmas themed wallpapers is just about right, considering the percentage of scrooges in the entire population.

    • 9

      I totally agree

      • 10

        I think you need to just get on with it if you don’t celebrate Christmas that’s fine, but please be quiet and let the people who do enjoy it carry on… I’m sure you won’t be working Christmas day will you!

    • 11

      I agree.

    • 12

      Not everyone has winter at christmas either … G’day from Australia

      • 13

        Hear, hear. It’s kind of disconcerting seeing the seasons all topsy-turvy in these monthly calendars. I should probably do some southern hemisphere desktops for us Aussies (and others). ;)

      • 14

        and from brasil ^^

    • 15

      hey everybody, that’s a lot stuff for christmas…
      too much for me, …
      waiting for the next month and hopefully better choices…
      but ! great work !

  3. 16

    awesome! these are all very nice :D

  4. 17

    Great collection as always.

  5. 18

    I can’t believe people complain! It’s free and there is a wide variety. I look forward to coming here every month and selecting a new one for the month,. Sometimes I change every week. Thank you – I appreciate them very much!

    • 19

      I completely agree, what are some complaining about? There is some wonderful work here, and it’s all free. I look forward to the beginning of a new month just so I can come here and pick a new calendar wallpaper. To the artists-you’ve done some great work here as usual.

    • 20

      I was shocked that people complain, too. And, I have to say that this month had a particularly fun collection of designs. I honestly had trouble choosing between them all!

    • 21

      Yeah, too many complainers.

      If you don’t like the wallpapers, then go to another site.

      Anyway, great job to the artists! Quality definitely went up a notch or two.

  6. 22

    Wow, beautiful collection. I loved a lot of them but ‘Starrain’ have taken over my desktop.

  7. 23

    yeah, nice…(‘d go a little more underground though… )

    Thx SM

  8. 24

    Thank you for the nice wallpapers. Please continue to provide the Christmas themes for more of your posts. While some may not celebrate Christmas, the vast majority do and we appriciate the celebration of Christ’s birthday!

  9. 25
  10. 26

    Wow! Thank you so much, Smashing Magazine for publishing two of the designs I emailed you – you have made my day… or rather month! Thank you and as always, beautiful collection, I’m always in awe! 

  11. 27

    (By the way )

    it would be nice to get our other gift (˙˙˙ɹoɟ pıɐd ǝʍ)

    (your book…)


  12. 29

    I downloaded 3 of them and I have them changing every hour on my mac. I love the desktop transition thing that macs have. So many good designs I want to use more than one. haha

  13. 30

    So cool wallpapers! You’re awesome, Smashing! Thank you a lot for so beautiful cristhmas stuff.

  14. 31

    Ooh my goodness! What a gorgeous collection! Thank you so much for including my Christmas Sledge Wallpaper on here… I’m stunned!

  15. 33

    Such a nice collection! Some of them could be a great gift wrap paper :)

  16. 34

    Thanks for the great selection! There were many nice ones this month. :) Even though I DO celebrate Christmas, I’m sure there are people who don’t that would appreciate a few more non-Christmas themed ones to choose from. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

  17. 35

    I wouldn’t say you weren’t strict enough. Those are all very nice wallpapers.

  18. 36

    Thanks for including mine.

    Some really great wallpapers there though! Mega props to Xabiso Ndaba and Egor Kosten – I think those 2 are brilliant.

  19. 37

    Amazing calendars this month, love it

  20. 38

    One of the best wallpaper series you ever had.

  21. 39

    Another awesome set of desktop wallpaper! Keep up the great work and I’ll keep checking back around the first of every month.

  22. 40

    love the one called seek Him, for Christmas is truly about Jesus… and people will see one day that Jesus is the truth.He would never lie to us believe me.

  23. 41

    very nice wintery collection. helps me as i was looking for a December wallpaper amongst my desktop images i have built up.

    Thank you.

  24. 42

    I have send my wallpaper design first time and it’s selected so i am so happy with it. Thank you smashingmagazine.

  25. 43

    very nice wallpapers. Thanks!

  26. 44

    Really beatiful calendars of this month…thank you.. and congratulations of the people that work in this… it..

  27. 45

    These are very nice and some really coo. Thanks for this inspiration. Rock!!!

  28. 46

    All wallpaper are too lovely. and thanks to all designers who initiated for same… Including me ;) Karna Shukla “Christmas” wallpaper. i will try my best every time…

  29. 47

    Thanks a lot that you have selected my work :) here’re so many yummy walls!

  30. 48

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you soooo much!!!!!

  31. 49

    Nice wallpapers. Unfortunately only a couple of them were in my resolution (1152×864), and neither of which I liked enough to use. So I won’t be using a Smashing wallpaper this month (which is usually something I really look forward to!)

    Since you are modifying your requirements, why not ensure that every submitted wallpaper is available in an array of sizes? That’s not too difficult for the designers.

    Just a suggestion.

  32. 50

    Nice stuff.

  33. 51

    …and they said there wasn’t such thing as a free lunch. Thanks for giving these away guys and have a good holiday.

  34. 52

    I’m soo bummed with these wallpapers. You can tell that whichever group picked them out like the cartoon looking pictures, which is very disappointing, because I come on here for the amazing landscape ones. Hopefully January’s batch will be more impressive. :-(

    • 53

      Agree… too many cartoonish ones this month, too few amazing graphics and photography. Will be back looking for better next month. But thanks for making this possible.

      PS. I thought November had some outstanding stuff!

  35. 54

    That’s so nice to be listed. And thank you all for the nice comments.

  36. 55

    Pues la verdad he visto mejores propuestas en otros lados, no tengo conocimiento de qué criterios tomen en cuenta para la selección, pero como diseñador gráfico les digo: hay algunos calendarios que definitivamente no merecen ese lugar.

  37. 56

    I picked the Feast of Dessert. Thanks for inspiration and fun. Merry Christmas.

    • 57

      Thank you Smashing Magazine and thank you Phil for choosing my design. It’s my first time to join an online contest and I’m so happy there are people who are appreciate my work. You guys keep me going on.Thank you so much!

      • 58

        Same here friend….. first time i have given my wallpaper and it’s selected so much happy….yahooooooooooo….

  38. 59

    I love stars and stripes. too bad the calendar is missing the 8th.

  39. 61

    Thanks for the great selection! There were many nice ones this month. :) Even though I DO celebrate Christmas, I’m sure there are people who don’t that would appreciate a few more non-Christmas themed ones to choose from. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

  40. 62

    how wonderful :)
    i love the ones from: vlad, catherine, sasha, and giada!
    the homeboys are fun, too!
    happy december, sm !!

  41. 63

    Any feedback as to why entries don’t make it? I submitted one on Sunday.

  42. 64

    Beautiful wallpapers! I will try to crank out something for entry next month :D

  43. 65

    It’s just getting better each month. I have 13 to choose from, and this isn’t going to be easy.

  44. 66

    I celebrate xmas, but still would have liked to have seen some more snow/winter themes. (I guess those are more likely to be submitted Jan/Feb.) Even with that said I think this has got to be one of the best wallpaper collections so far this year. Great job to all the designers.

  45. 67

    I thought this month was exceptional!! I have never commented before on the wallpapers, but the designers are wonderful.

    I think the new formula is working, keep up the good work, we truly enjoy the fresh looks on our computer screens!

    Thanks again-

  46. 68

    I sent my wallpaper of December to contest, and i didn’t receive any reason why my wallpaper didn’t accept :( …

  47. 72
  48. 73

    Thanks for sharing such great wallpapers.

  49. 74

    You´re great thanks for this amazing wallpapers. Terrific!!

  50. 75

    Now I see that our wallpaper is one of the many Christmas-related ones. At least Santa’s holding a blood-soaked envelope in ours.

    Thanks for publishing it, Smashing Magazine!

  51. 76

    I’m going to use Xmas Tree, Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Irkutsk, Russia. :)

  52. 77

    “weren’t anyhow influenced by us” …

    … what?

    • 78

      They mean, they don’t suggest a style, idea, theme, but rather the theme is simply the month.

  53. 79

    Christmas Ribbons and Christmas Couples are the BEST ones!

    Good work and I am loving them on my Screen!

  54. 81

    Love the typography in “Numbers” Beautiful work, and now my desktop, many thanks!

  55. 82

    Likes Starrain and Red December!

    All are good works!

    Thanks to all designers who sharing their works! :)

  56. 83

    Thanks SM for featuring my work, I’m really pleased. A wonderful December to SM and all the readers!

  57. 84

    When looking through this collection I liked at first the work of Alexandra Ipate. Following the link to her website I was very impressed, because in her blog she gives away lot of vector arts for free. But is she really so productive to put such an amount of work for free online every day?

    When reading the blog introduction at the top of the page she tells us: “I made this blog with the purpose of sharing with you all the resources, informations, cool things that I can find on the internet.” So it seems most of the graphics are not from her. But just try and download one of her files e.g. Then open the file and you’ll find that the files are named like “shutterstock_17785228.eps”.

    So I went over to shutterstock and searched for the image number 17785228. ( So it seems that the image was really created by Aleksandra Nadeina and I can buy that image. Nothing there tells me that it is free. I assume that most (if not all) other images are also not really free.

    Back to the calendar images on this page. I’m not sure if the image on this page was really created by Alexandra Ipate, though I don’t know it. And I think such designers should not be supported by Smashing magazine. If the original designer wanted to give it away for free, she would have done this.

    I would not use any of the images on her website (either private or commercial). It could be that there are informations embedded in the image to identify any usage.

  58. 85

    this month collection made me completely melt!
    always love yipori’s wallpaper! :)

  59. 86

    Amazing wallpapers.. WOW

    Great work!!! =)

  60. 87

    Amazing Collection.

    Kudos to Smashing Magazine and all the Artists…

  61. 88

    Started feeling Christmas!!

  62. 89

    Many really cool wallpapers here! I’ll choose some winter one for now and will switch to the Xmas design a bit later ;) Thanks guys!

  63. 90

    Great dicember! My favourite’s Santa’s Searching… I’m searching for gift too ;)

  64. 92

    Nice calendars

  65. 93

    Santa’s Searching, really cool!! Now I’m sure that Santa does really exist! And, of course, he uses Apple :)

  66. 94

    How about providing the wallpapers also in a resolution to fit netbooks? There just aren’t enough cool 1024X600-sized wallpapers out there!

  67. 95

    Samoo, I love your wallpaper. It’s wonderful :)

    • 96

      Ohhh thanks! Thanks to you all guys and thanks to SM for featuring our first dektop wallpaper.

  68. 97

    I’ve been looking forward to this month’s selection for a few months (Yes I love Christmas!). An excellent selection to choose from so thank you :-)

  69. 98

    I don’t like christmas wallpapers :(

  70. 99

    Thank you for the great wallpapers. Stars and Stripes is my fav!

  71. 100

    These are so cool. Vlad rocks again (luv the jellybean wallpaper) and Yipori is smashing!

  72. 101

    Fuad Ahasan Chowdhury

    December 1, 2009 2:02 am

    I’m loving these wallpapers.. greeeeeeeeat arts indeed. :)

  73. 102

    Thanks you all off you for giving comments…….

  74. 103

    “Over the last months our readers were complaining about the low quality of wallpapers featured in the Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series here on Smashing Magazine.”

    Trolls are everywhere, but you don’t need to listen to them, let them decay alone in their holes…amazing, SM, as usual, and as the previous months.

  75. 104

    This month calendars are so cool! I’m glad mine’s was accepted too, good job all designers , and i’ looking forward for next month calendars!

    P.S: My favorites are : Starrain by mooti from Germany ,
    Stars and Stripes by Fabio Toscani from Italy , and
    Feast of Desserts by April Joy E. Jasmin from Philippines.

  76. 105

    ohh great,
    hope i can participate next year

  77. 106

    Wow. Snow Deer really caught my eye – but Winter Magic really moved me.

    Thanks, all!

  78. 107

    Great wallpapers! Love to see them on my screen.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  79. 108

    Weird. Nothing is showing up…

  80. 110

    great collection but disappointed to realise after setting Stars and Stripes as my desktop to find out that the calendar has an error (no 8th Dec). Any chance this can be sorted?

    • 111

      Thank you very much lorraine_p!
      The wallpaper is now correct, with tuesday, the 8th!

  81. 112

    `Anyway it’s my Umbrella.` is my desktop backgraund now.
    December is most important month because of christmas!

  82. 113

    These are absolutely gorgeous – now I’m going to struggle to decide which one to use!

    Thanks a lot, guys :)

  83. 114

    Not really that good though are they… Smashing Magazine often showcase stuff of a lot higher quality (not desktop calendars though, don’t see the point in them), so I don’t see where their taste has gone for these.
    Great showcase of people’s iStock purchases though!

  84. 115

    I luvvvv U Smashing Magazine! Look forward to the graphics every month! God Bless U!

  85. 116

    I agree with the comment about what seems to be a leaning toward cartoonish designs. “Winter Magic” is a beautful example of a more realistic design, but it is in very small company. Perhaps a few more with photos next time?

    And I just have to say that it’s very sad to see so many Christmas designs without any mention of Jesus, Savior, Messiah, or Coming King.

    Merry Christmas (to those of you who do celebrate it)!

  86. 117

    Nice job guys, definitely a step up from last month’s submissions. Keep up the good (weeding) work and keeping the quality high!

  87. 118

    Sad! My work didn’t show up this month.

  88. 119

    I love them all there really good Red december is on my desktop right now.Can’t wait for next month.

  89. 120

    absolutely love Winter Magic, it’s gorgeous… this was a great selection this month, keep up the excellent work!

  90. 121

    Nice collection but… i wish there is something different than every shop window and tv-adds. I like “Winter magic” and “Nyc grunge”. And I hope that january pick would not be only new-year-happy-sad themes :)

  91. 122

    beautiful collection! but really? too much Christmas… think about the OTHERs in this world.

  92. 123

    Very Nice Collection

  93. 124

    I like them!!!!!thnx for sharing!!!

  94. 125

    Fantastic job to all the designers!! I can never pick just one… Thanks!!!

  95. 126

    Giada the best!!! A fantastic idea

  96. 127

    I think they’re great!!
    Thank you as always for providing me an endless supply of desktop images!! I was thinking that it’s great that there was a variety of non-christmas themed designs. Also I loved the Santa on the Beach, would love to see more from the southern hemisphere where they get to go to the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather while we bundle up =)

    Thank you so much for continuing to provide beautiful artwork to the public for free!!

  97. 128

    Thanks for doing this month in and month out. Love that I can grab something cool from you guys for free. Those who are complaining were probably delayed getting their designs to you on time on accounta they don’t do nothin but complain.

    Merry Christmas.

  98. 129

    Unfortunately didn’t make it this month – is there any chance that the authors whose calendars weren’t submitted will get an info why it is so (I don’t mind getting to know that it sucked).

    My opinion about this month’s calendars – too many Christmas and winter themed – not everybody celebrates or likes Christmas and some live in hot parts of the world (and even those who have winter do not necessarily want to see it on the desktop – sometimes a window is enough). Besides there are way too many illustration wallpapers, it’s a shame typography and photography themed are so scarce.

    Somebody above said that some designs were originally stock images used by some designers – if it’s true that is a shame – most of us try hard to be inventive and create by ourselves – designs which are based on stock images shouldn’t be placed here. What difficulty in buying a stock photo and adding a calendar???

    Last but not least – most of the designs are really lovely even if they are not my type. Good job:)

  99. 130

    Best Of The Best!

  100. 131

    I absolutely love this month’s collection! I know you can’t please everybody all of the time — but I for one am really happy with all of the Christmas-themed wallpapers … Thank you!

  101. 132

    I absolutely love this month’s collection! I know you can’t please everybody all of the time ~ but I for one am really happy with all of the Christmas-themed wallpapers … Thank you!

  102. 133

    So funny that in one wallpaper they put the date of sint nicholas day thats just genius

  103. 134

    *o* i like that you went through and only posted the high quality ones..however I am still iffy about some of them like the WhyChristmas one…

  104. 135

    Very nicely done, all! I especially like “Christmas couple”, “Numbers”, “Winter Magic”, “Happy Families are Made in China”, “Merry Christmas”, and “Xmas Gifts”. Great message from Millicent Bowman on “Seek Him” as well.

  105. 136

    This is one of the most amazing collections! I simply loved it! I liked all of them, I dint find a single wallpaper that I dint like … so, great job designers … good job SM for the quality control :)
    like I said i loved them all but my favorites are:
    1. x-mas tree
    2. Christmas Couple
    3. Red December
    4. Christmas Ribbons
    5. Santa Searching
    6. Snow Deer
    7. Hurry up Rudolph
    8. Electricity
    9. K.I.S.S

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    Perhaps SM could come up with a post/place for those wallpapers that dint make the cut!! Those who want the quality stay here, and those who are curious to see all the great minds at work, would not mind seeing that too!

    Other idea would be too post those wallpapers in a flickr pool. To create a wallpaper is not a joke, it takes hours hours of effort before the computer, and many more visualizing. Felt SM could be treat them better!

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    smashing magazine forever!! THANX so much for keeping this wallpaper-thing up!!!!! thank you thank you thank you!

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    Again !! My work is not included in this month also like November… was that .. that bad… I dunno !!


    Waiting for the reply from smashing magazine.

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    Aww why no 1920*1200 for Starrain, I love it but it looks pixely when stretched.

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    Muy Bonitos los fondos de pantalla en particular me gusto mas el de santa en la playa gracias el que dice que no va a ver regalos porque hay grandes olas jajaja esta bueno

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    I love that so many comments are about how there are so many Christmas themed designs. DUH it’s because the majority of the people celebrate Christmas hence the majority are Christmas papers.
    Let’s stop being so “PC”…

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    I calculated it out and 64% of these are Christmas themed. I don’t think that’s a bad ratio. I think people just like to complain.

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    like them all…’Any it is my umbrella’ and ‘Why Christmas’ are out of the box … my favs :)

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    really nice collection of calender and without calender pics i like that so much

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    I am officially ignoring this.
    I’m so sick and tired of the Christmas hysteria every year.
    I despise consumerist events and frenzy associated with that.

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    Amazingggggggggg!!!! i love all these wallpapers.

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    Thanks you! I like red ribbon ^^

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    Amen to the comments about there being too many Christmas/winter themed one. Not all of us live in cold climates!

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    I especially love “Stars and Stripes!” You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate pretty, sparkly things and gifts!

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    Estan re buenos los wallpapers!!!

    Y me encanta la Navidad también!!!

    son TODOS LINDOS!!!

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    I have two grouses.

    1) You should continue selecting wallpapers you like and forget about other people’s quality standards. This new thing about more stringent quality makes no sense to me.

    2) Way too many Xmas wallpapers man. Just way too many.

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    It just hit me that I could use these (and past, and other) wallpapers for my twitter page – working on it now. It’d be neat to see this done specifically for twitter. Thanks for all the great work (from another guy who loves Christmas).

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    *Generic complaint about the fact that there are too many Christmas wallpapers*

    Are you guys serious? It’s December.

    I don’t celebrate Christmas but I’m not oblivious to the fact that a LOT of people do. I doubt all these designers got together and all decided to make a Christmas wallpaper (for free) just to annoy you. As TrapKick pointed out only 64% are Christmas related.

    Anyway, I’ve set my wallpaper in the office to ‘Merry Christmas’ by Chopeh. Mainly for the benefit of colleagues walking past :)

    Thanks SM for posting these, and thanks to all the designers for making them!


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    These are the best yet…

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    ohhh my! The whiners, complainers, ungrateful naysayers. If you don’t like it – make your own, or MOVE ON!

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    Wow, this are really impressive. I especially like Starrain by Mooti, the girl with the orange umbrella is so striking!

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    Much beautiful work, but rather odd… nothing really of winter solstice or “Christ”mas? I will have to create my own….

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    hi my name is david , happly christmas

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    I love Smashing Mag’s wallpapers and come back EVERY month to update my desktop. This time I picked “Winter Magic”.

    As a guy, I do wish the list offered more masculine designs. This month’s selection is more “girlie” than usual.

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    Year ends fun begins…..

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    Good collections, but if it would be better if the focus is on New Year instead of X’mas……

    ~ Rahul

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    I have to say I was really disappointed last month when I couldnt even find one wallpaper I liked. Definitely improved that this month because I really cant decide which to use! (Since this means changing to a new one every few days, I think its awesome!)

    Thanks so much for picking only awesome ones!


    P.S. I think there is an almost too large focus on Christmas, perhaps a few more New Year, Yule, Hanukkah or just Winter themes would have been great, but since this was probably due to artist choice and not SM’s fault, I’ll forgive ;)

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    Much better than the ones chosen from November, in my opinion. Great selection! Love ‘em.

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    Absolutely brilliant wallpapers — this month and always.

    And just let the Scrooges be Scrooges. The spirit of Humbug will always be with us and is heard one day a year, but the Spirit of Christmas lives on 365 days a year!!

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    Really nice wallpapers.
    Greetings from West-Germany

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    It was a good decision to only feature 45 wallpapers. Less is more! There are very nice wallpapers this month. Thank you!!!

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    way too many christmas themes… i’m giving up on these collections for now

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    ohh nice, very good , and more

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    Another great collection!

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    Nice collection! I definitely found several that I wanted to use. I do wish there was more than one religious one. As secular as it has become, Christmas is still a religious holiday.

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    I came here for December wallpaper but couldn’t find anything other than x-mas. But smashing mag should not forget not everyone is christian. ;) Happy X-mas to all anyways.

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    I love it….
    freeky color zenze….:)

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    Muy Lindos los fondos.

    Beatiful wallpapers!! good

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    thought ya might like

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    Great collection. Thanks for including mine (Why Christmas). I love ‘Christmas Snowmen’ and ‘Stars and Stripes’.

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    Nice ones among those, well done!

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    Can we start a pool from now on and bet on which number post will be the first to complain about the quality of the wallpapers? Suggestion: you don’t like it, you don’t use it. You think you can do better, prove it.

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    humml , great too ,

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    A couple of nice ones here (even a scrooge like me can appreciate it, lol!)

    I’m also not big on Christmas (it’s been so commercialized, and everyone cares more about gifts than family these days), but some of these wallpapers really caught my eye!

    I’m using ‘Where Jelly Beans Are Born’ as my wallpaper… :)

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    It’s ever fantastic!

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    terimakasih untuk wallpapernya…………GBU

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    Is something wrong with SM server today??? I am trying to view Calendar but 505 error is coming :(

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    wow – i think some of the best ones yet!

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    These wow. thanks to all

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    Wow! Amazing! Those are the best calendars I’ve ever seen.

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    AWESOME WALLPAPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    All people marry Christmas December 2009.
    Coming soon welcome to 2010 year.
    i prayer for healthy and wealthy.
    good luck for every body.


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    I like Fake Rudolf. It’s already on my desktop :] thank you!

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    it has great wallpapers,i lov it keep it up happy new year

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    For me is a poor colection this month! I’m very disapointed! Not the best art work and desing SM is capable to publish . :(

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    Very nice wallpapers. I particularly like the purple one with the jelly beans. Any chance the creator could make one without the calendar?

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    Love the “Seek Him” wallpaper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wish there would be more Christian wallpapers!!!!!!!!!

    For Jesus is the reason why we can be creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And Jesus is the reason for this season… So, keep CHRIST in Christmas & don’t turn it into X-mas!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lots of blessings!!!!!!

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    Can’t wait till’ they get the New Years wallpapers up!

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    favourite world

    March 5, 2010 4:07 am

    thanks for sharing the interesting post,

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    thank u 4 ever

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    lovely collection:D


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