It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… December (2018 Wallpapers Edition)

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December is here, so why not spread some holiday love across your devices — we’ve got some truly eye-catching wallpapers to sweeten the last days of the year.

What are you looking forward to in December? Spending time with family and friends during the holidays, watching the birds gather in your snowy backyard, or celebrating “Bathtub Party Day” maybe? These are just some of the things that inspired artists and designers to create their desktop wallpapers this month.

All wallpapers in this post come in versions with and without a calendar for December 2018 and can be downloaded for free — as it has been our monthly tradition since more than nine years already. To cater for an extra bit of December joy, we also collected some wallpaper favorites from past years at the end of the post. Happy December and happy holidays!

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Christmas Wreath

“Everyone is in the mood for Christmas when December starts. Therefore I made this Christmas wreath inspired wallpaper. Enjoy December and Merry Christmas to all!” — Designed by Melissa Bogemans from Belgium.

Christmas Wreath
## Cardinals In Snowfall

“During Christmas season, in the cold, colorless days of winter, Cardinal birds are seen as symbols of faith and warmth! In the part of America I live in, there is snowfall every December. While the snow is falling, I can see gorgeous Cardinals flying in and out of my patio. The intriguing color palette of the bright red of the Cardinals, the white of the flurries and the brown/black of dry twigs and fallen leaves on the snow-laden ground, fascinates me a lot, and inspired me to create this quaint and sweet, hand-illustrated surface pattern design as I wait for the December 2018 snowfall in my town!” — Designed by Gyaneshwari Dave from the United States.

Cardinals In Snowfall
## Cozy

“December is all about coziness and warmth. Days are getting darker, shorter and colder. So a nice cup of hot cocoa just warms me up.” — Designed by Hazuki Sato from Belgium.

## Sweet Snowy Tenderness

“You know that warm feeling when you get to spend cold winter days in a snug, homey, relaxed atmosphere? Oh, yes, we love it too! It is the sentiment we set our hearts on for the holiday season, and this sweet snowy tenderness is for all of us who adore watching the snowfall from our windows. Isn’t it romantic?” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Sweet Snowy Tenderness
## ’Tis The Season Of Snow

“The tiny flakes of snow have just begun to shower and we know it’s the start of the merry hour! Someone is all set to cram his sleigh with boxes of love as kids wait for their dear Santa to show up! Rightly said, ’tis the season of snow, surprise and lots and lots of fun! Merry Christmas!” — Designed by Sweans Technologies from London.

’Tis The Season Of Snow
## Bathtub Party Day

“December 5th is also known as Bathtub Party Day, which is why I wanted to visualize what celebrating this day could look like.” — Designed by Jonas Vanhamme from Belgium.

Bathtub Party Day
## Cold Days, Warm Feelings

“Everything that reminds me of the cold days of December. I’ve tried to put everything in one illustration, the snow, hot coffee, mountains, snowman. Also my illustration is blue, it’s a cold color, so this give the illustration more of a winter effect.” — Designed by Dennis van den Heuvel from Belgium.

Cold Days, Warm Feelings
## Oh Deer, It’s Cold!

“December brings more than Christmas only. It brings Winter. It brings the cold.” — Designed by Ellen Theuwen from Belgium.

Oh Deer, It’s Cold!
## Portland Snow Globe

Designed by Mad Fish Digital from the USA.

Portland Snow Globe
## Another Christmas

“‘Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.’ (Norman Vincent Peale)” — Designed by Suman Sil from India.

Another Christmas
## A December To Remember

“Of all the months of the year, there is not a month so welcome to the young or so full of happy associations as this last month of the year. A month of giving, celebrations, and holidays. Christmas month is here. Make this last month of the year special for you and the ones around you.” — Designed by Procurement Software from India.

A December To Remember
## December Music

“Have you ever noticed how people have characteristic (or weird) poses playing instruments? It was my inspiration for drawing very simple and funny stick-figure musicians. Over the years I have drawn everything from violinists to pipa players (Chinese instrument) and from electric guitarists to tubaists. I never get bored of drawing new instrumentalists, ensembles or, in this case, a Christmas band. I wish you a very happy December with lots of music!” — Designed by Franke Margrete from The Netherlands.

December Music
## The Mountains Shout Freedom

“December is that time of the year where snows starts to fall. It’s from this moment that we can go skiing and snowboarding again. It’s the best time of the year.” — Designed by Jasper Bogaert from Belgium.

The Mountains Shout Freedom
## Meeeh

“December is when winter begins, so I decided to go for some nice, cold, pastel colors and a wintery scenario. The ram is a family-related symbol and it’s cute, so I named it Meeeh.” — Designed by Ana Matos from Portugal.

## Snow & Flake

“December always reminds me of snow and being with other people. That’s why I created two snowflakes Snow & Flake who are best buddies and love being with each other during winter time.” — Designed by Ian De Lantsheer from Belgium.

Snow & Flake
## Midnight Aurora

“I was inspired by beautiful images of the Aurora that I saw on the internet.” — Designed by Wannes Verboven from Belgium.

Midnight Aurora
## Enlightened By The Christmas Spirit

“Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Once we’ve had our fill of turkey and welcomed the holiday season, we’re constantly encouraged to get into the spirit of the festive season.” — Designed by Mobile App Development from India.

Enlightened By The Christmas Spirit
## All Of Them Lights

“I created this design in honour of the 9th of December, the day of lights.” — Designed by Mathias Geerts from Belgium.

All Of Them Lights
## Brrrr...!

Designed by Oumayma Jamali from Belgium.

## Christmas House

Designed by Antun Hiršman from Croatia.

Christmas House
## Christmas December

Designed by Think 360 Studio from India.

Christmas December
## Separate Holidays

“My parents are divorced so I don’t really like the holidays because it feels like I always have to choose between my mum and dad.” — Designed by Micheline Van Looveren from Belgium.

Separate Holidays
## Human Rights Month

“December is Human Rights Month, so I decided to design a wallpaper for this special month.” — Designed by Jonas Vanhamme from Belgium.

Human Rights Month
## Winter Morning

“Early walks in the fields when the owls still sit on the fences and stare funny at you.” — Designed by Bo Dockx from Belgium.

Winter Morning
## Homeless Christmas

“December automatically brings to mind the Christmas spirit, the smell of delicious food, and the joy of opening beautiful presents. A couple of years ago I volunteered in a homeless shelter for a while. I even spent New Years’ Eve at the shelter. And ever since, Christmas also reminds me that a lot of others are much less fortunate than me…” — Designed by Kim Haesen from Belgium.

Homeless Christmas
## Christmas Feelings

Designed by Lieselotte Philips from Belgium.

Christmas Feelings
## Merry Christmas

“‘Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.’ (David Cameron)” — Designed by Pinki Ghosh Dastidar from India.

Merry Christmas
## International Tea Day

“December 15 is International Tea Day, so I thought to design a cup of tea, which also represents the cold weather during the winter.” — Designed by Hannah De Wachter from Belgium.

International Tea Day
## Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

“I wanted to emphasize people who do not have enough money to celebrate Christmas like everyone else in the world.” — Designed by Angelique Buijzen from Belgium.

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees
## Explore The World

“‘We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.’ (John Hope Franklin)” — Designed by Dipanjan Karmakar from India.

Explore The World
## Oldies But Goodies

Ready for a trip back in time? Here’s a collection of December goodies from past years that are too good to be forgotten. Please note that these wallpapers don’t come with a calendar.

’Tis The Season To Be Happy

Designed by Tazi from Australia.

'Tis The Season To Be Happy
### Christmas Cookies

“Christmas is coming and a great way to share our love is by baking cookies.” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico.

Christmas Cookies
### The House On The River Drina

“Since we often yearn for a peaceful and quiet place to work, we have found inspiration in the famous house on the River Drina in Bajina Bašta, Serbia. Wouldn’t it be great being in nature, away from the civilization, swaying in the wind and listening to the waves of the river smashing your house, having no neighbors to bother you? Not sure about the Internet, though…” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Christmas Wallpaper — The House On The River Drina

Christmas Woodland

Designed by Mel Armstrong from Australia.

Christmas Woodland
### Getting Hygge

“There’s no more special time for a fire than in the winter. Cozy blankets, warm beverages, and good company can make all the difference when the sun goes down. We’re all looking forward to generating some hygge this winter, so snuggle up and make some memories.” — Designed by The Hannon Group from Washington D.C.

Getting Hygge
### Joy To The World

“Joy to the world, all the boys and girls now, joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.” — Designed by Morgan Newnham from Boulder, Colorado.

Joy To The World
### Winter Wonderland

“‘Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.’ (Edith Sitwell) — Designed by Dipanjan Karmakar from India.

Christmas Wallpaper — Winter Wonderland

December Through Different Eyes

“As a Belgian, December reminds me of snow, cosiness, winter, lights and so on. However, in the Southern Hemisphere it is summer at this time. With my illustration I wanted to show the different perspectives on December. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” — Designed by Jo Smets from Belgium.

Christmas Wallpaper — December Through Different Eyes

’Tis The Season (To Drink Eggnog)

“There’s nothing better than a tall glass of Golden Eggnog while sitting by the Christmas tree. Let’s celebrate the only time of year this nectar of the gods graces our lips.” — Designed by Jonathan Shears from Connecticut, USA.

’Tis The Season (To Drink Eggnog)

Gifts Lover

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Gifts Lover

The Southern Hemisphere Is Calling

“Santa’s tired of winter (and the North Pole) and is flying to the South part of the globe to relax a little bit. He deserves a little vacation, don’t you think?” — Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

The Southern Hemisphere Is Calling

Have A Minimal Christmas

“My brother-in-law has been on a design buzzword kick where he calls everything minimal, to the point where he wishes people, “Have a minimal day!” I made this graphic as a poster for him.” — Designed by Danny Gugger from Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Have a Minimal Christmas

Christmas Time!

Designed by Sofie Keirsmaekers from Belgium.

Christmas time!

Happy Holidays

Designed by Bogdan Negrescu from the United States.

Happy Holidays

It’s In The Little Things

Designed by Thaïs Lenglez from Belgium.

It's in the little things

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Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

Thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!