Recently Microsoft launched a new way for XBox Live members to interact with their newly minted avatars.
The new initiative is called "Free Your Avatar" and with this new idea, comes a http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/avatars/freeyouravatar/default.htm where you can take your avatar out of the Xbox Live arena, and put him into desktop wallpaper, screensavers, etc.
Once exported, users can then customize their image, uploading and adding props and backgrounds to liven things up. You will even be able to create festive cards that you can send to friends and relatives.
All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.
Finally, Microsoft states the application will provide options for every special occasion, from XBL member's birthdays to holidays. More PlayStation 3 News...