Let's face it, Christmas is all about good, cheesy fun – and there's nothing cheesier than adding a nice little seasonal countdown to your website or blog. Whether you view it as an exercise in post-situationist irony or just plain fun, these Christmas countdown widgets are a quick and easy way to bring the yuletide spirit to your site. Make sure you also grab your free festival wallpaper.
01. Santa's Christmas Countdown Widget for WordPress (opens in new tab)
One of the most popular Christmas countdown widgets for WordPress, this adds a cute, Santa Claus-inspired countdown to the sidebar of your site. When the big day itself arrives, the widget displays a 'Merry Christmas' greeting to your visitors. It then starts the countdown for next year's Christmas on the following day.
02. Christmas Countdown Clock (opens in new tab)
Another WordPress plugin, this Christmas countdown widget generates a clock showing the days and hours until December 25, and lets you select from several designs, sizes, animations and backgrounds. The full range of designs can be seen here (opens in new tab).
03. Counting down to the holidays (opens in new tab)
One of the more unusual Christmas countdown widgets comes from WolframAlpha, a search engine that focuses on answers to actual questions. As such it offers website builders this simple widget, which includes a countdown to Thanksgiving, Chanukkah, Al-Hijra, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve.
04. WordPress countdown clock plugin (opens in new tab)
For WordPress blogs, this Christmas countdown widget displays a Flash countdown clock on your sidebar. You can either choose from set events – which include Christmas and New Year – or generate your own custom event.
05. Widdlytinks (opens in new tab)
WiddlyTinks makes customizable widgets for pregnant women, new mothers, brides to be and for many other special occasions and events. And it's got a great selection of animated Christmas countdown widgets for you to embed in your HTML.
Have you spotted any Christmas countdown widgets we should know about? Let us know in the comments!