Christmas Desktop 2008

It’s that time of the year again. Since I skipped my annual Christmas desktop showcase last year, I’m going all out for 2008. Not only is there a screenshot, but an animated GIF of the desktop, including a Christmas-themed browser (Firefox). To top it all off, I’ve linked to all the apps and images I used to create this seasonal extravaganza in case you want to create your own.

My 2008 Christmas Desktop (static)
My Christmas desktop without the browser visible.

My 2008 Christmas Desktop (animated)
My animated Christmas desktop with Christmas-themed browser visible.

Here’s what’s behind the scenes.

1. Christmas in New England wallpaper. Another one I considered was this festively lit lighthouse from InterfaceLift. If you’re still not satisfied, try Wallpaper Pimper or browse this selection of 50 winter wonderland scenes.

2. Snow (download zip) is the best Xsnow equivalent I could find for Windows. The default options are okay, but I like me some more snow. I ran it with these options in the screenshot: snow -num 100 -side 10 -down 10

3. Animated Christmas tree. Mousing over the tree displays the number of days until Christmas. The site has a variety of tree styles to choose from.

4. The Tinseltown Firefox theme turns Firefox into nothing but Christmas (Warning: it gets old pretty quick). Another Christmas theme switches between daytime and nighttime scenes based on the current time.

5. Create a Snowman is in the browser on the animated desktop.


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  1. I never seen better than these photos.
    thanks for sharing that pictures with us.I am not prasing keep good work.
    Download Wallpapers

    Comment by Venkat Rao on December 6, 2008 @ 5:15 am
  2. Can anyone tell me how to change the amount of snow and the speed and things like mentioned? I’ve looked for it and the readme file says to go to their website for code but I tried and it no longer existed.

    Comment by Alyssa on November 18, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
  3. @Alyssa Here are the settings I used: snow -num 100 -side 10 -down 10

    Comment by Dan on November 18, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
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