Google Search’s Christmas Doodle

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 1.52.35 PMIn trying to write a post about Christmas music, I googled “12 days of christmas” and the following doodle appeared at the top of my screen. No one on Google and Twitter noticed the image yet.

I tried different songs, such as “Joy to the World”, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Let It Snow”, “White Christmas”, and none displayed the picture.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is in the public domain, which could explain why music from the past 75-or-so years is excluded. The actual twelve days of Christmas include Christmas Day and the eleven days that follow, not precede, the holiday, up to the Epiphany.

After digging around a little more, I found that the image shows up for searches for “Xmas”, “Christmas”, “candy cane”, and “Santa Claus”. There is no doodle for Santa’s other monikers, like “Kris Kringle” or “Saint Nick.”

Although “wreath” isn’t special enough to warrant a doodle, “Christmas wreath” is. However, the power of “Christmas” has no effect on Denise Richards’s character, “Christmas Jones”.

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