As Christmas approaches, many bloggers choose to decorate not only their homes but their websites in anticipation of the festive season.
From decorative blog templates to simple icons and snow effects, there are many ways our blogs can generate some festive spirit. In this post, I’ll share some of the best resources and methods I have found which you can use to enhance your blog design to celebrate Christmas with your readers.
Christmas Blog Templates
The most dramatic way you could update your blog for the Christmas season is to adopt (at least temporarily) a festive blog theme.
Here are some of the best free Christmas blog themes (organized by platform) for you to download:
A simple, wide theme with colored sections in the footer
A two column theme with integrated Flickr feed (perfect for sharing your visual memories of the season!)
A simple yet elegant two column theme which is widget ready.
This elegant theme uses unusual festive colors yet appears stylish and well organized.
A bright three column theme with widgetized sidebars
A two column theme with feative header and sidebar headings
A beautiful theme from Gisele’s “Birdie” template series
A simple festive template for Blogger blogs
Merry Christmas by Design for Joomla.com
Learn more and download
A candy-cane theme in festive colors for Joomla
Here is a traditiona, Santa Claus inspired theme to decorate your Joomla CMS for the festive season. Note: registration is required to download this theme.
More free Christmas templates for you to download
For those of you using a different CMS, here are some festive CSS based templates which you could convert for your own platform:
Festive icon sets
If changing your whole template for the holidays is a bit too drastic, why not decorate with some free festive icons and images instead?
Here is a selection of free icon sets for you to download and use to decorate your blog:
This icon set is free to use, even for commercial projects!
Christmas Holiday Icons from N-Design Studio
These cute icons are delivered in PNG, GIF, EPS and ICO format for free use in your personal and commercial projects.
This is free for personal use only (license fee required for commercial license)
19 icons, each measuring 128px square for free personal use
Contains 25 high quality icons
Christmas Social Bookmark icons by Dirceu Viega
Includes 17 social bookmark icons with a festive theme.
Santa Claus Hat Icons by Dirceu Veiga
You can configure the speed and number of snowflakes directly within the script, and could even use a different image instead of the snowflake offered. [View/Download this script]
It is best used against a dark background so the tiny snowflakes can be easily seen.
It works in almost all browsers, and requires only one line of code in your blog pages to generate the snowstorm effect.
This simple script allows you to countdown to any date (eg: Christmas, New Year) and is easily configured for your needs. [Learn more and download script]
This script will add a festive Christmas countdown clock to your web pages which can be seen in action on the Email Santa website. You should be able to configure the images and styling of the clock to better suit the needs of your own blog design.
This script would take some time to configure for your own requirements, but as a daily reward for yoru readers it could prove a worthwhile addition to your blog
If you still cannot find the festive resources you need to decorate your blog this Christmas, why not check out some of the design and Christmas resources below:
- Over 100 free Christmas design resources
- Design a Christmas themed web layout in Photoshop
- 25 Winter snow and christmas high-res wallpapers
- Free Christmas Holiday Icons Round-up
- 48 Ice, snowflake and Christmas brushes for Photoshop
I hope this article has provided you with some useful