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December is almost here, so why not spread some holiday love across your devices? We’ve got some beautiful wallpapers to sweeten up the last days of the year.

2022 is slowly but surely coming to an end. And, well, could there be a better way to welcome the last few weeks of the year than with some beautiful, wintery desktop wallpapers? To get you in the right mood for December (and the holiday season, if you’re celebrating), artists and designers from across the globe once again got their ideas bubbling and created desktop wallpapers to sweeten up the month.

All wallpapers in this post are created with love and come in versions with and without a calendar for December 2022 — so no matter if you want to count down the days to the last deadline of the year or prefer to keep things rather minimalistic, we’ve got you covered. At the end of this post, we also compiled some December goodies from our wallpapers archives that are too good to be forgotten. Maybe you’ll spot one of your almost-forgotten favorites in there, too? Enjoy!

Winter Coziness At Home

“Winter coziness that we all feel when we come home after spending some time outside or when we come to our parental home to celebrate Christmas inspired our designers. Home is the place where we can feel safe and sound, so we couldn’t help ourselves but create this calendar. You can find more designs in our post.” — Designed by MasterBundles from Ukraine.

Christmas Reindeer

“Thinking about the holiday season, it is impossible to appreciate all the colors that bring joy. Here, we combined Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with some Christmas cheer!” — Designed by Suu Ng from Portland, OR, USA.

December As A Gift

“Illuminate your problems with Christmas lights and watch them shrink with every twinkle. During the last month of the year, top your concerns with some candy cane and pretend they’re tasty sweets. December is all about endings and beginnings, so gift yourself resilience for the things yet to end and patience for the things to come.” — Designed by LibraFire from Serbia.

Hot Hot Hot!

“Today’s walk in the forest is a special one! Today you will make a new friend. Follow me into the forest and walk slowly. The weather is amazing today, isn’t it? The snowflakes seem soft and the snow is fresh and puffy! There are colourful speckles of light dancing all around us and the air feels so fresh. Oh wait… there he is! Look ahead! Yes, there he is, our special forest friend that only comes out during winter! Say hello to Franklin, the fluffy polar bear! He loves Christmas and he has some wonderful winter stories to share with you!” — Designed by Creative Pinky from the Netherlands.

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Oldies But Goodies

Ready for a trip back in time? Below you’ll find a selection of December wallpapers from our archives. Please note that these designs don’t come with a calendar.

Dear Moon, Merry Christmas

On To The Next One

“Endings intertwined with new beginnings, challenges we rose to and the ones we weren’t up to, dreams fulfilled and opportunities missed. The year we say goodbye to leaves a bitter-sweet taste, but we’re thankful for the lessons, friendships, and experiences it gave us. We look forward to seeing what the new year has in store, but, whatever comes, we will welcome it with a smile, vigor, and zeal.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

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.

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 snowfall in my town!” — Designed by Gyaneshwari Dave from the United States.

December Through Different Eyes

“As a Belgian, December reminds me of snow, coziness, 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.

Catch Your Perfect Snowflake

“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.

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.

The Southern Hemisphere Is Calling

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

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.

Ice Flowers

“I took some photos during a very frosty and cold week before Christmas.” Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

Tongue Stuck On Lamppost

“December is undoubtedly the family month. As a civil engineer I worked abroad, and this was the only month we were guaranteed to return home to be with our families. I tried to represent this in my illustration, using, naturally, my namesake: Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. Even he has the right…” — Designed by Rodolfo Henriques from Portugal.

Dream What You Want To Do

“The year will end, hope the last month, you can do what you want to do, seize the time, cherish yourself, expect next year we will be better!” — Designed by Hong Zi-Qing from Taiwan.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

“Family, friends, memories and environment inspired me so much in creating a wallpaper. Ideas for artworks sometimes come out of the blue, so this time, it’s inspired by my beautiful, naughty niece, Shammy. Ho ho ho! Christmas renews our youth by stirring out our wonder, and wondering in it are born our art!” — Designed by Marina Etuci from Malaysia, now residing in Taiwan.

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