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Your pictures of Scotland: 13 - 20 December

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 13 and 20 December. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk. Please ensure you adhere to the BBC's rules regarding photographs which can be found here.

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Man dressed in santa outfit on top of a mountain Image copyright Donnie Nicolson
Image caption Donnie Nicolson sends season's greetings from the top of Beinn Edra on Skye. We hope you saved some energy for Tuesday night!
Northern lights low in the sky Image copyright June Woodward
Image caption It's not every day you see the Northern Lights in Scotland. This shot taken by June Woodward in Bigton, Shetland. "We are lucky to live in an area with not much light pollution so I can view and photograph the Aurora from the relative comfort of the garden," she said.
Wide view of the markets in a long-exposure shot Image copyright Harshad Joshi
Image caption Edinburgh's Christmas markets look magical in this picture from Harshad Joshi. He said he "saw the Star Flyer was making great helical patterns" as he strolled around the markets.
Snow-covered trees in arch over a road Image copyright Iain Wood
Image caption Not much snow so far this year but Iain Wood reminded us of when he took this "winter arch" with snow on the trees over a road near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire.
A close-up of a robin Image copyright Emma Flack
Image caption Emma Flack says her "daily visitor" always makes her smile. It wouldn't be winter without the robin.
Snow-covered hill with cottage Image copyright John Kay
Image caption The dramatic Buachaille Etive Mor, which John Kay captured while staying at Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe. You can see the cottage on the left in the foreground.
Christmas tree made from creels Image copyright Jonathan Duckworth
Image caption Here's Ullapool's famous Creel Christmas tree. Jonathan Duckworth said: "I was on a trip up to Ullapool and had to go and see the Christmas light trail."
Tent on a snowy mountainside with loch in valley below Image copyright Gavin Allan
Image caption Gav Allan and his friend Robbie didn't just hike up Ben Vorlich (which is difficult enough on a clear day), they camped overnight. He said the winds were up to 70mph with heavy blizzards overnight but the clouds cleared for this shot.
Two Shetland ponies looking at the camera Image copyright Jim and Lynn Nangle
Image caption Jim and Lynn Nangle sent us these handsome Shetland ponies, which they found on the island of Yell, Shetland. They said it was "a beautiful calm day."
Skier on slope next to loch Image copyright Derek Robertson
Image caption "First ski tour trip of the year to Loch Avon in the Cairngorms" for Derek Robertson.
Deer in foreground of Rannoch moor Image copyright Tanya Jeffrey
Image caption Taken by the Rannoch railway station, on the West Highland Line, Tanya Jeffrey saw a stag and some deer while she was "admiring the wintery scenery."
A frozen water feature Image copyright Simon Bienkowski
Image caption An irrepressible water feature that hasn't given up for winter yet. Simon Bienkowski sent us this from Dumbreck, near Glasgow, where he is the manager of Dumbreck Football Club. A half-time metaphor for the team perhaps?
old packhorse bridge in a snowy scene Image copyright Thelma Blewitt
Image caption Staying with our winter theme, passing through Carrbridge in the Highlands, Thelma Blewitt said she "had to stop by the old packhorse bridge which looked stunning in the fresh snow." Worthy of the front of any Christmas card.
Swans Image copyright Joyce Grieves
Image caption How many swans can you see here? Joyce said she had to stop counting, after 125. Joyce Grieves said it was a wet day in Chapelbank near Perth but "a brief few seconds of sun through the cloud gave me the chance of this capture."
An ice-covered cross on top of a hill Image copyright Frank Urban
Image caption Climbing near Ben Ledi, Callander, Frank Urban took this amazing shot. He said "visibility was very poor through most of the walk apart from two minutes when some sunlight broke through."
Frosty trees in low light Image copyright Samuel Huskisson
Image caption Peering through the branches, 12-year-old Samuel Huskisson sent us this wintery shot.
Runners around decorated pillars Image copyright Catriona McDougall
Image caption The decorated pillars at the Dome on George Street, with some extra decoration from the runners in Catriona McDougall's social fitness class that meets in the very early morning on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
pier on a calm morning Image copyright Patricia Dunn
Image caption A calm pier in Culross, Fife, looking across the Forth towards Grangemouth. A lovely shot from Patricia Dunn.
A valley floor with low cloud Image copyright Paul Haverstock
Image caption Low cloud and an obscure sun, in this stunning view of Kilncadzow, looking over the valley towards Lanark. Taken by Paul Haverstock.
Low sun through mountains Image copyright Jenny Jin
Image caption Jenny Jin took this dramatic shot on Skye. She sent it in all the way from Australia.
A bird on a snowy cairn on Ben Nevis Image copyright Chris Gurney
Image caption On a winter walk up Ben Nevis, Fort William, Chris Gurney saw this Snow Bunting sitting on top of the summit cairn. He said: "At the time I thought this must have made it the highest bird in the UK that wasn't flying."
Frost on trees Image copyright Francis McCafferty
Image caption A frosty morning in Alva, Clackmannanshire, sent in by Francis McCafferty.
Steam rising in a snowy valley floor Image copyright Rebecca Hourston
Image caption Another Christmas card contender, this time from Rebecca Hourston in Ballater, Royal Deeside, in the foothills of Lochnagar. Rebecca said the village looks a lot like a "a bubbling cauldron below the snowline."
snow-covered trees and valley below Image copyright Ushka Davies
Image caption "We had quite a bit of snow late morning," said Ushka Davies, who sent us this this view from her house in Inverness looking south west towards the Monadhlaith Mountains.
Pigeons on a car park wall Image copyright Mark Reynolds
Image caption Old friends hanging out in this colourful photo of some wet pigeons in a car park in Glasgow, taken by Mark Reynolds.
A frosty morning on a golf course Image copyright Susie Hamilton
Image caption Here we are on the 14th green at Stirling Golf Club, which Susie Hamilton's husband took on his walk with the dog around Kings Park.
A cloud-covered mountain Image copyright Jim Divine
Image caption Suilven in Lochinver on a stormy afternoon, taken by Jim Divine.
The loch from the summit of Ben Lomond at sunrise Image copyright Andrew Purvis
Image caption Loch Lomond, from the summit of a wintry Ben Lomond at sunrise. Andrew Purvis said "It was worth the early start for a different perspective on the view from my local Munro"
A robin in frosty grass Image copyright Sharon Dalgoutte
Image caption Another robin, because it really isn't winter without them. This one's from Sharon Dalgoutte, who said: "I caught this cheeky Robin in the first frost of the season at Eglington Country Park in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire."
A snowman on a Christmas tree Image copyright Annette Walczynska
Image caption To end our Christmas gallery, Annette Walczynska took this while she was decorating the tree with her grandson in Edinburgh.

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