Google Doodles? What have you Googled today?
It’s that time of year when people far and wide scour the internet for last-minute gifts and answers to their annual holiday questions like “Will it snow on Christmas?” and “When is Hanukkah?”
As you kick off your seasonal inquiries, Google is customizing its website with a slew of holiday-themed easter eggs and if you blink, you’ll miss them.
If you go to Google.com on Monday you’ll notice three glowing candles atop a sprig of holly. From there, your search results page will be individualized to reflect the holiday you’re looking for more information about. And the animations will change daily.
For example, if you type in “Hanukkah 2019” and press the Enter key on Monday you’ll find a family toying with dreidels, the four-sided spinning tops played during the Jewish holiday. The lit candles on the menorah will change as the celebration continues.
If you search, “Christmas 2019” Google will show a family preparing for Santa to arrive at the top of your results page. If you look for “Kwanzaa 2019,” you’ll find an animation of a family celebrating the week-long festivity that honors African culture and traditions.
“No matter how you choose to celebrate, ‘tis the season to enjoy the holiday festivities during the most wonderful time of the year!” Google said in a blog post. “Happy holidays!”
The search giant even included a rendered element in honor of Festivus, the annual tradition made popular by the TV show “Seinfeld” for people who are tired of consumerism overtaking the December holiday season. The holiday involves holding an aluminum pole, and airing grievances on Dec. 23.
You’ll see a basic metal pole on the left side of your screen if you search “Festivus 2019.”
For more than a decade, Google has selectively altered its search page logo to reflect special cultural events and anniversaries. On certain days, Google.com visitors see new animations and renderings dubbed “doodles,” which give the webpage pizzaz and personality.
“With Doodles, we aim to celebrate a diverse mix of topics that reflect Google’s personality, teach people something new, and most importantly, are meaningful to local culture,” the search giant said in a statement.