Andy Williams said it best: Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year.” While many holiday traditions and family gatherings have been scaled-back or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still a number of creative ways to experience all the comfort and joy that the season brings — even while social distancing at home.
No matter how you’re celebrating this year — solo, with your partner or roommate, or with your immediate family — you can still connect with loved ones near and far by hosting virtual happy hours, holiday parties, or game nights. If you really want to bring the cheer, have a few Christmas Zoom backgrounds on hand to transform your living room into something that Santa would approve of, from a snow-covered town straight out of a Hallmark movie to a West Elm-curated space decked out holiday decorations galore. But since all of us could use a good laugh after what 2020 has thrown our way, make sure to download one that your family, friends, and coworkers will find funny — Kevin’s look of horror from Home Alone, maybe?
In case you need a refresher, here’s how to add a virtual background on Zoom.
- Download the background of your choice. Pick a few options, so you can switch them between parties or meetings.
- After you sign into a Zoom call, look for an icon that says “Stop video” in the bottom left corner of the window. Click the arrow to the right side of it, and select “Choose a virtual background.”
- Upload as many backgrounds as you’d like, and rotate through your assortment.
Now, browse through these free Zoom Christmas backgrounds, and download the ones that catch your eye. Then make a list, check it twice, and send out invites to your virtual holiday party, so you can show ’em off.
If you’ve ever wanted to live inside a Hallmark Christmas movie, now’s your chance. These festive Zoom backgrounds are straight from movies of Christmases past, including last year’s Christmas Town.
Freeform 25 Days of Christmas
Everyone in your life — young and old — will get a kick out of these Zoom backgrounds, which feature some of the most iconic moments from Freeform’s holiday favorites like The Grinch and Home Alone.
With all the wrapping and baking, your house may not look as picture-perfect as the ones in a catalogue — but you can play pretend with these backgrounds.
This image, which kids will definitely get a kick out of, may be too close to reality … especially after all the nights you’ve spent baking Christmas cookies.
Deck the halls with red, green, and gold, all thanks to Williams Sonoma. Fill your background with fresh pine, red bows, and a light dusting of artificial snow.
Throughout the country, many landmarks and historic sights have closed their doors for the holiday season. Luckily, you can still enjoy the splendor of Minnesota’s Glensheen Mansion right at home.
Walt Disney World Resorts
“The happiest place on Earth” takes a whole new meaning during the holidays. Heat up some hot cocoa, throw on one of the Christmas movies on Disney+ to calm your sugar-crazed kids, and chat away on Zoom with this cheery background.
You’ve always wanted to fill your home with West Elm furniture, rugs, and decorative accents — and now’s your chance. The best gift of all? It’s completely free!
Take it all the way to the North Pole with these virtual backgrounds from Yankee Candle. While you’re busy catching up with family and friends, set your kids up with Santa Cam, so they can see what Santa is up to.
Frozen: The Musical
To your kids, Frozen is always in season. During the winter months, the chilling scenery is especially appropriate.
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