Don't forget the holiday games and browser themes

Alan Buckingham
Dec 18, 2013

The other day my colleague Martin Brinkman did a very nice roundup of holiday goodies for your computer. While he covered almost all of what I would tell you as well, there were a couple of areas left that I thought could be touched on. These involve entertainment, in the form of gaming, and a piece of software that is perhaps the most used by any of us -- the good old web browser.

Let's start with a few games, because everyone needs a bit of stress release this time of year. If you're looking for a simple game with no download required, then Rolling Santa can be played right from your web browser. It's a simple premise -- you’ll use your keyboard to move forward and backwards, speed up, jump and duck. Be sure to keep moving as quickly as you can, because if the rushing wall of snow catches you, then it’s game over.

If it's a Windows 8.1 experience you are looking for, then there a couple of new games available that manage to avoid the traditionalism. So much so, that they pit Saint Nick against both a hangman's noose and the undead. In Hang Me Christmas you need to guess the word in an old fashioned game of hangman, though the word will be holiday related, and if you don't get there before making five mistakes then you'll be on the losing end of the rope.

Meanwhile, Santa vs Zombies pits the jolly old elf against the undead. Nothing like having your children look over your shoulder and see Santa overwhelmed by the walking dead, right?

If it's a simple browser theme you are seeking, then Chrome and Firefox have plenty to offer. Chrome themes load to the New Tab page, where they provide a background for your most visited sites and the apps you've installed. There are are thousands of them available for free in the Web Store, including this image that includes a decorated tree and roaring fire.


Meanwhile, Firefox also has themes, though they are more well known by the original name of Personas, and it get's a bit confusing beyond that. However, these are designs that wallpaper the menu bars at the top of the browser and, like Chrome, there are countless ones available, including a number of nice ones for this time of year, depicting everything from Peanuts to the Grinch, to decorations.

Not to be outdone, Torch, a somewhat lesser known browser, has posted a number of themes to get you in spirit. The software is based of Chrome, and these work essentially the same.

You get the point by now. There are numerous ways to decorate your computer and many an interesting game to be played on it as well. The  question is -- how, or if, you are taking advantage of any of this. And, if so, have you found anything we've missed?


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  1. Tommy said on December 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Glad someone mentioned the browser themes in this post. Each year we see a huge increase in Christmas and Holiday browser theme downloads. It seems to be the most popular time of year for people to try out a new theme or get a theme for the first time. These holiday themes are great designs but also provide quick links to the best shopping deals online and have a countdown to Christmas ticker in the browser itself.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Ray said on December 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Well, for me the holidays are all about a nice time with your family, smiles and warmth so I always decorate my desktop (let’s face it, that’s where we are most of the time) with Christmas wallpapers :]

    I make my own wallpapers from animated movies especially for Christmas – Frozen, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, Rise of the Guardians, Wreck It Ralph, Tangled – among others :] So if you’re looking for some real quality and you’re into animation or just positive and colourful pictures on your desktop then I invite you to join us on:

    Here are some Christmas movies you can see directly:

    We offer every wallpaper for all devices, that’s custom-made version for widescreen and square monitors, rotatable tablets (iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab), all mobile phones (even huge displays like Samsung Galaxy S4 and above) AND dualscreen wallpapers, which you can never find enough of :]

    I also wanted to make a giveaway here on Ghacks for Christmas but I haven’t got a reply from anyone despite my efforts to contact you guys. I’ve been with Ghacks since it’s started and even won a T-shirt along the ride :]

    So for me – the holiday mood sets in as I start making these walls and when I decorate my desktop, my mobile phone and tablet with a nice wallpaper that also makes me smile ;]


  3. Dear Lord said on December 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    mkay :(

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