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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December and Christmas 2009

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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 magazine 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 Link

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

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Xmas Tree Link

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Santa’s Beach Link

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

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Merry Skipmass Link

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

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Snow queen Link

Designed by Helena Lunding from Sweden.

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TwoThousandTen Link

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

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Fake Rudolf Link

Designed by Monica Corduneanu from Romania.

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X-mas Link

“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 NarjisNaqvi from Pakistan.

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Red december Link

Designed by Catherine Galeano from Bogota, Colombia.

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Christmas Ribbons Link

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

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Where Jelly Beans Are Born Link

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Crazy Santa Link

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

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Christmas Snowman Link

“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 Ipate from Romania.

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Numbers Link

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

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Starrain Link

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

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swing girl Link

Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari from Iran.

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Whychristmas Link

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

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Dance around Christmas Link

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

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Santa’s searching Link

“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 Samoo from Italy.

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Snow Deers Link

“”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.S from India.

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Stars and Stripes Link

Designed by Fabio Toscani from Italy.

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Rounded Xmas Link

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

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Christmas Link

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

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Hurry up, Rudolph! Link

“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 Bauer from Germany.

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uh Oh Snow Link

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

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Seek Him Link

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

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Grass killer Link

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

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Santa Lost His Hat Link

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

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Xmas in Happy World Link

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

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Electricity Link

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

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Anyway it’s my Umbrella. Link

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

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Winter Magic Link

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

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Sad Mushroom Link

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

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Nyc Grunge Link

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

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Happy Families are Made in China Link

“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 Got3d” Designed by Antonio Hadrovic from Croatia.

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Kiss Link

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

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Holiday Homeboys Link

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

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Feast of Desserts Link

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

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Letter to Santa Link

“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 Xenia from USA.

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Colorful Christmas Link

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

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Merry Christmas Link

“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 chopeh from UK.

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Xmas Gifts Link

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Join in next month! Link

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 month! 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.

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  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!

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    • 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.

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      • 5

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

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      • 6

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

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      • 7

        Then Start to.

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      • 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.

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    • 9

      I totally agree

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      • 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!

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    • 11

      I agree.

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    • 12

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

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      • 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). ;)

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      • 14

        and from brasil ^^

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    • 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 !

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  3. 16

    awesome! these are all very nice :D

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  4. 17

    Great collection as always.

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  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!

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      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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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.

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  6. 22

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

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  7. 23

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

    Thx SM

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  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!

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    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! 

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  11. 27

    (By the way )

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

    (your book…)

    sɹǝǝɥɔ

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  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

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  13. 30

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

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  14. 31

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

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  15. 33

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

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  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!

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  17. 35

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

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  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.

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  19. 37

    Amazing calendars this month, love it

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  20. 38

    One of the best wallpaper series you ever had.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  24. 42

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

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  25. 43

    very nice wallpapers. Thanks!

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  26. 44

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

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  27. 45

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

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  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…

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  29. 47

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

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  30. 48

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

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