Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — December 2019 — Free to Download

December is the twelfth and final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and is the last of seven months to have a length of 31 days. December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March.
Flower: Narcissus
Birthstone: Turquoise, Zircon, and Tanzanite

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Advent Begins
1 – World AIDS Day
3 – GivingTuesday
7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
10 – Human Rights Day
12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)
21 – Winter Solstice
21 – Yule (Pagan/Wiccan)
23 – Hanukkah Begins (Jewish)
25 – Christmas
26 – Boxing Day (Canada, UK)
26 – Kwanzaa Begins (African American)
31 – New Year’s Eve

Free December Wallpaper

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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GivingTuesday — Every Act of Generosity Counts

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GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019, and every day. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday is an annual opportunity for everyone to commit to supporting a charity that speaks to the heart. Support can come in many forms — a little bit of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to share all the good work they’re doing.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. GivingTuesday has created a directory to help you find organizations, events, and ways to give back in your own community. Visit their website to explore all their resources.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.


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2020 Calendars: Art for Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List

Calendars are a special gift for everyone on your list — art and inspiration to delight them for a full year. They also make heartwarming host and hostess gifts.

With over 80 calendars to choose from, you’re sure to find one for everyone on your list. Enjoy savings when you shop on our website.

MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS

NATURE & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

PETS & ANIMALS

WOMAN & GODDESS

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — November 2019 — Free to Download

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the last of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the last of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. November retained its name, despite novem coming from the Latin for “nine,” when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian)
1 – Day of the Dead (Mexico)
2 – All Souls’ Day (Christian)
3 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
5 – Election Day
11 – Remembrance Day (AU, CA)
11 – Veterans Day
12 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
20 – Universal Children’s Day
28 – Thanksgiving

Free November Desktop Wallpaper

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Artist Spotlight — Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick: They Draw & Cook

They Draw and Cook 2020 wall calendar

We’re so happy to welcome the family of artists from the popular website They Draw & Cook™. This 2020 illustrated recipe calendar of the same name will treat your senses to a feast of colorful culinary inspiration featuring a diverse array of styles and delectable dishes from different cultures.

Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick, a sister-and-brother design and illustration team, have created hundreds of illustrations for magazines and books. Inspired by their love of cooking and doodling, the duo founded the popular They Draw & Cook™ (TDAC) website in 2010. The idea for TDAC formed during a family vacation as Nate was trying to re-create a favorite dish while Salli sat at the counter with her watercolors. Today TDAC features the internet’s largest collection of illustrated recipes created by artists from around the world and has become a big, happy, creative playground where people share their love of food and art.

We happily curated the 2020 They Draw & Cook™ calendar from this varied and talented bunch. Some of them are professional illustrators and practicing artists, while others are passionate doodlers and drawers.


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Soul of Travel Series: Traveling the Globe, Connecting the World

Soul of Travel series 2020 wall calendars

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. UN Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 1945 UN Charter when the UN officially came into being. The UN has one central mission: the maintenance of international peace. The UN does this by working to prevent conflict and creating the conditions to allow peace to hold and flourish.

In honor of UN Day later this month, we’d like to share our new Soul of Travel series of wall calendars which strives to capture the essence of place, to revere nature and regional cultures, and to cultivate a deep appreciation for adventure. Sharing the diversity of world cultures and sacred traditions as well as the inspiration and beauty of the natural world is our passion. We believe that exploring other cultures with an open mind and open heart can lead to a deeper understanding.

The 2020 Soul of Travel series features the countries of Iceland and Ireland as well as two diverse natural environments of our world — forest and desert. Peering through the lenses of worldclass photographers, viewers will get glimpses of our amazing planet that illuminate a sense of wonder and strengthen our global connection.

Spaceship Earth 2020 wall calendarAnother new wall calendar for 2020 is Spaceship Earth: The Overview Effect. The luminous vision of Earth from space reveals one human family. Boundaries and differences that seem insurmountable at ground level are diminished, illuminating the understanding that all people have the same desires for love, safety, happiness, and acceptance. The “overview effect,” first described in 1987 by science writer Frank White, is the cognitive shift experienced by astronauts while in space. With sudden clarity, they understand that the Earth — home to everyone and everything we have ever known — is a pulsing, swirling, living place that we must protect.

The Spaceship Earth wall calendar features stunning images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) photographic archives paired with powerful quotes from philosophers, writers, and astronauts.

We hope these new calendars can be inspiration to nurture your heart, renew your soul, and expand your mind.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — October 2019 — Free to Download

October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars; it is the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name—from the Latin ôctō meaning “eight”—after January and February were inserted to bring the calendar to 12 months.
Flower: Marigolds
Birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
2 – Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
9 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
14 – Columbus Day Observed
14 – Indigenous Peoples Day
14 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)
14 – Thanksgiving (Canada)
20 – Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)
22 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
24 – United Nations Day
27 – Diwali (Hindu)
31 – Halloween
31 – Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)

October 2019 free desktop wallpaper

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Celebrate Chrysanthemum Day and the Double Ninth Festival

The ninth day in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (October 7, 2019) is “Chong Yang Jie” (chong means “double” or “repeat” and yang means “bright, vital, active energy”) and is celebrated as Chrysanthemum Day and the Double Ninth Festival.

Celebrating Chrysanthemum Day

Revered for its simple, perfect beauty and medicinal properties, the gorgeous yellow or golden chrysanthemum (“chu” in ancient Chinese) is highly regarded both for its color and for its symbolism of long life, enduring luck, love, and success. It’s also believed to ease the burdens of a difficult life when you wear an image of a chrysanthemum or keep the flowers displayed in your home.

Because it blooms from autumn into winter, it also symbolizes the mediation between Life and Death, Heaven and Earth.

To celebrate the day:

  • Give chrysanthemums as auspicious gifts.
  • Offer chrysanthemums as noble altar offerings.
  • Drink chrysanthemum tea (known to clear toxins) or medicinal wine.
  • Eat the traditional flower gao (cake).
  • Place yellow golden chrysanthemums in your home or office to immediately attract good luck.
  • If you wish to receive rewards, success, fame, recognition, honor, or bonuses, place nine chrysanthemums in the fame gua (back middle area of your space) on the first floor of your home, office, and/or business.

Celebrating the Double Ninth Festival

With the presence of two number nines—the most yang number of all—today’s energies embody action, long-lasting change, transformation, and completion. This is a very auspicious day for harnessing active and positive energies as the yang qi is doubled!

This also makes it a fabulous day to perform a Feng Shui practice to manifest the wish of your heart using the power of nine:

  • Beginning today on this auspicious festival, write (in red ink) a prayer or wish for your happiness, health, or prosperity nine times and place it in an Asian-style red envelope. Write the same wish every day for nine consecutive days. Read your wish nine times throughout each day, especially upon waking and before going to sleep. With clear intent and deep faith, visualize and feel your wish or prayer coming true. Imagine the nine steps that would transpire to see your wish actualized.
  • You can also activate the yang energies by wearing purple, yellow, gold, and/or orange colors today.

In modern day China, this is also a day to honor and respect senior citizens. The word for “nine” is “jiu,” which shares the same sound as the word for longevity, so show love to your own elders as well as strangers.

For great fun, you could also watch the over-the-top film Curse of the Golden Flower, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li, which has literally thousands upon thousands of chrysanthemum flowers in the settings and costumes.

Finally, traditionally this is a wonderful day to hike in the mountains, as it’s believed to represent climbing to a higher position as you symbolically increase your happiness, health, and prosperity!


Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.


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