Seasons Greetings From Linux!

It’s that time of year again! The time when we go around when we go around doing last-minute shopping, spend time with friends and family, and remember Christ’s birth.

Programs tend to be more or less the same all year round, but a couple of them change depending on the time of year, especially for Christmas.


From December 18 to January 1, VLC media player‘s striped orange cone sports a Santa hat.

VLC Christmas icon

VLC media Christmas icon


openSUSE‘s default GRUB selection wallpaper is usually something in its signature green, but around Christmastime, it changes to an animated screen with penguins in a wintry setting.

openSUSE GRUB screen with Christmas theme

openSUSE GRUB boot screen around Christmas

The falling penguin on the right side serves as a countdown meter and will fly up like Superman if you cancel the countdown by pressing a key.


While Xsnow doesn’t change depending on the time of year, it can give your desktop a more festive feel.

Xsnow on KDE

“Xsnow is the X-windows application that will let it snow on the root, in between and on windows. Santa and his reindeer will complete your festive-season feeling.”

It may or may not work with modern compositing window managers, but it’s worth a shot.

Do you know any other programs that change for the holidays? Should programs change depending on the time of year? Let us know in the comments!

Merry Christmas!


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