Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
I will be posting some holiday tricks from Google. Ever tried Google-ing let it snow? It’s really pretty cool. If you Google let it snow, it will snow on your screen, and it can occupy the whole screen, and if that happens, you can see a “defrost” button. Hahaha. Kudos Google. Discovered it in Google.
How about typing Merry Christmas? I was trying to Google some images of Merry Christmas and I saw some Christmas decor above the searches. Google really has a lot of tricks you will discover. This one is something I discovered myself. Can you see in the picture the Christmas decor? You may try for yourself, have fun!
And so, seeing this tricks, I tried to Google “Merry Christmas Google”, I was amazed with the stuff I saw. Google has been a Christmas Scrooge for the past few years, probably, they are only trying to protect their business. So let’s not be angry with Google, after all, Google has been a great help to the most of us. And for the people like me, Google is like my virtual best friend. Kudos Google! Also, I just wanna quote this post from a Google forum.
FYI, Google — saying “happy holidays” for your Christmas doodle is actually American-centric, not “globally inclusive”
Since 2001, you guys have been saying “happy holidays from Google” as the caption for your Christmas-timed doodle and posting it globally to every Google country domain, probably with the assumption that this is more “global” than saying “merry Christmas”. The fact is, however, that “happy holidays” is an American term that is not at all recognizable or familiar in any other countries of the world.
My humble suggestion for this year would be to simply not post your Christmas doodle in countries that do not celebrate anything in the December 22–25 timeframe, like Saudi Arabia, and to post a nice Christmassy doodle (with red and green colors, trees, lights, etc.) for countries that do celebrate Christmas as a national holiday, with the subtitle “Merry Christmas”. Before anyone gets at me with the whole Christian thing, do realize that Christmas is a national holiday in numerous non-Christian countries such as India and Japan, where it is celebrated at large by non-Christians as a secular holiday. The sad and ironic thing is, the Japanese media say “Merry Christmas” far more than the American media, which say “happy holidays” as an over-reaching politically correct measure.
Saying “Merry Christmas” for your Christmas doodle is no different than saying “Happy Halloween” for your Halloween doodle, they are both secularized holidays with origins in both paganism and Catholic Christianity.
Clearly they didn’t listen… well except for in Hong Kong.
I just wanna clear the name of my best friend: Google!