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The Fun Is Over: Remove Those Falling Snowflakes Now

We have all seen it, those falling snowflakes. They are everywhere this time of year. In principle, I like the idea of decorating your site or blog for the holidays, it’s nice. However, some things should just not be done.

Like falling snowflakes, all over the page.

But the problem is, everyone has seen it already, and it was annoying the first time around.

Yes, I know, it is easy to add one of those scripts to your site, and at first glance it looks nice. But the problem is, everyone has seen it already, and it was annoying the first time around. The thousand time, it makes me close the tab and go someplace else.

Another thing that I loathe with decorated websites is the addition of sound. This is luckily not as common anymore, which goes for websites overall, but for some reason the madness spreads in December. Please don’t ever make your website play music per default! Sure, add a play button if you think your readers will want to hear a midi file playing Jingle Bells or whatever (my guess is “no”), but don’t autostart it please.

Also, don’t force an animated Christmas card on me, just because I have the nerve to visit your site. I don’t want to see that when typing the URL, I want the actual site. Not a crappy Flash animation, the site. Link it from there instead, if you want to wish your visitors Happy Holidays, and then the ones in the holiday spirit can watch it and go awww, while the rest of us can use your site as intended.

Snow on your logo. Been done, but OK. Same goes for a festive background image, added details to the corners of your existing site, things like that. That’s OK, it can even be a bit nice, although I get tired of seeing the same green clipart over and over again.

The key to decorating your online presence is to not hamper the actual site!

Keep that in mind until next year. Now please remove those falling snowflakes.

Now, that being said, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  1. By Graden posted on December 23, 2008 at 10:19 am
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    Bah-humbug!

    Just kidding. I love this blog. I look forward to Friday Focus every week. Keep up the good work, and Merry Christmas!

  2. By Chris posted on December 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm
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    I agree, and it surprised me when I hit up the Boagworld site and found they’ve done much the same, http://boagworld.com.

    For cheering accessibility and modern trends, I certainly wasn’t expecting to see snowflakes raining across the page.

  3. By Cormac posted on December 23, 2008 at 6:02 pm
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    In fairness, it’s all just a bit of fun for Xmas, and for a lot of people it’s something nice for the clients that visit the sites, rather than other designers/developers that might visit. So while you (and I) are over-exposed to falling snowflakes etc. we spend far more time than the majority of people looking at websites.

    Happy Christmas all! Enjoy the snowflakes while you can!

  4. By nacho posted on December 24, 2008 at 7:54 am
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    heheh, I think the same way. And I couldn’t believe how many blogs were including it now!
    Anyways, happy holidays!

  5. By Kelly posted on December 24, 2008 at 11:35 am
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    I am so glad someone mentioned this. I thought I was going crazy.

    The funny thing is the snow effect works really well for the header graphic or top area of the page, but when you’re reading text half way down the page it looks like your monitor is playing trick on you!

  6. By Neko posted on December 24, 2008 at 12:30 pm
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    PREACH IT BROTHA!!

    There’s one way to bring a site back into the 1990’s and that’s to make it snow…..what’s next?….flashing red lights and under construction graphics ha ha

    Happy Holidays!

  7. By Dustin Boston posted on December 29, 2008 at 7:54 pm
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    @Neko: Let’s bring back the under construction animated gif! lol

  8. By Tom posted on December 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm
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    Cheer up! not everyone is a developer or indeed, Scrooge.

  9. By Shirley posted on January 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm
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    Haha. Funny. First, there is only one popular website that I can think of that has falling snow. I’m not going to mention it, but I actually like that website.

    Next, you are right, a lot of things are SUPER annoying. I always want to scream: “Remove the tacky animations, they’re distracting! I can’t read your page.” But my internal agony is quite often drowned out by the equally annoying jingle that they – for some odd reason – have found clever. lol.

    Anyway, the holidays have come to a close. So the web should be wiped clean of most of this nonsense soon…. only to be replaced by a dancing bunny in a few months, when Easter rolls around. lol.

    Great article. Your callous remarks have made my rant possible. :-)

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