Because Zoom is Still a Thing: 33 Extra-Festive Holiday Backgrounds for All of Your Calls

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If you had asked me back in December 2020 if I thought we’d still be using Zoom to gather during the 2021 holiday season, I would’ve laughed in your cute lil face. But months and months have passed by and we're still...out here doing the damn thing. So why not lean into the festivities with some holiday Zoom backgrounds?

Whether your office is still working remotely (hi, same!), your fam is choosing to celebrate the season virtually again, or you're just keeping in touch with your long-distance BFFs, we've learned that backgrounds are v necessary to make Zoom a fun time—along with party games, of course. Meh, at the very least you'll put a smile on the face of your fellow Zoomers and spread some holiday cheer. That oughta get you on the nice list, right?

If you’re not so sure how to add a virtual background, we’ve made it easy for you. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Download your favorite festive works of art below via right-click or just drag-and-dropping to your desktop.

  2. In the bottom left corner of your Zoom window (while you’re Zooming), you’ll see an icon that says “Stop video.” Click the little arrow right next to it, and select “Choose a virtual background.”

  3. Then upload one or all of these and share with your Zoom buddies!

Happy Zooming! (P.S. someone please let me know when we can officially retire that phrase?)

A (very relatable) holiday-themed Cosmo cover:

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This banner to get everyone in the mood:

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Various foliage to pretend you're frolicking outside:

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Cozy fireplace vibes for warmth:

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Glorious eats because there's nothing better:

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Some snowy forests sans the cold:

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Sparkly things to bring out all the holiday cheer:

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Aaand, just some dogs. You're welcome:

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