Christmas is coming. There is no doubt about it.
Stores stocked up on Christmas treats as early as September, and meanwhile the matching decorations followed throughout town.
It seems like every corner of our environment is blinking and shining in Christmas colors.
Every corner? Maybe not yet! Do you have a Christmas theme desktop yet? Here is your chance!
I found wallpapers, screensavers, Christmas trees, lights, critters, and a Windows Christmas theme for you. All free and 100% Christmas originals. Dig in!
A Christmas wallpaper is a must! WallpaperStock has a great selection of images in resolutions up to 2560×1920 pixel.
Vladstudio provides many more.
Giveaway of the Day offers some great seasonal screensavers for free.
I fell in love with this 3D Christmas fireside. It’s an animated screensaver with lovely fire and bell sounds.
You will find many more holiday screensavers at the bottom of the page.
Naturally, these are promotional free downloads. So be sure not to install software you don’t really want (screensaver managers) or subscribe to newsletters you won’t need.
Drive Software offers animated desktop Christmas trees in seven different designs. You can download each executable Christmas tree in a zip file.
They all come with blinking lights, some with more, others with less bling. As seen in the screenshot below, you can control transparency, keep the tree on top of all applications, run it on startup, or add an additional copy of the same type of tree to your desktop.
The files eat between 4.500 to 6.500K RAM. So while they are a nice gimmick and fun for the kids, you should use them sparingly.
If you have a desktop Christmas tree, you have to get some Christmas lights for your desktop, too!
Spencer from “ID on Desktop Customization” created a neat set of lights. It comes with minimal options, including opacity, shadow settings, hue shift, and accessibility from taskbar, systray or none.
You can run multiple copies of the animated Christmas lights to cover your screen. However, each one costs around 4.500 K RAM.
BillyBear4Kids offers free holiday desktop pals. Next to elf, santa, and snowman you will find a Christmas tree and wreath, advent candles, and Christmas lights.
They are not only animated, but also play different midis when clicked on different spots. Quite fun for the kids.
Due to the animations and midis, the little critters consume around 10.500 K of RAM.
Here is another Christmas tool from the same guy who created the Christmas lights above. It also has the same menu.
The Christmas countdown displays Santa in his sleigh and two reindeers.
Rudolph’s blinking red nose is adorable!
Are you still with me? OK. In that case you may be ready for this incredible transformation!
Stardock’s Christmas Time is a little more than some harmless Christmas lights blinking above a forest of Christmas trees. It will transform your Windows desktop into a Christmas winter wonderland.
It’s actually a free theme for Stardock’s My Colors (for Windows XP only), which I have introduced previously in this article: Give your Desktop a Fresh Look with MyColors.
The theme will decorate your entire Windows system, including windows, menus, taskbar, and desktop. My colors also adds a calendar and a clock.
It should not be surprising that the system requirements list a minimum of 256MB RAM.
How extreme do you go with Christmas decorations?
Image credits: erwinbacik