Google’s new festive season Doodle celebrates start of Christmas holidays

The official start of Christmas isn’t when Mariah Carey vibrates your eardrums for the first time in 11 months, or upon the first sighting of an early decorator lumping their gleaming new Norwegian spruce up the street.

The real first day of Christmas is when Google releases their annual festive Doodle.

A Google Doodle, for those who don’t know, is one of the thousands of different designs the iconic search engine logo has taken on over the years to mark specific events or anniversaries.

One of the more consistently occurring is the annual ‘festive season Doodle’, which sees the iconic technicolor Google lettering adorned with Christmas accessories in honour of the holiday period. If you click on it it automatically searches the term ‘festive season’ for you.

What is this year’s Christmas Doodle?

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This year’s festive season Doodle in the UK is a classy and understated affair, with the regular Google colouring and font sandwiched between two rows of fairy lights.

The lights match the green, blue, red and yellow colour scheme of the brand and, for added Christmas magic, even light up. Much like the real deal, these fairy lights are on a alternating repeating flashing pattern, with blues and reds lighting together before the yellows and greens take over. Who needs Regent Street?

What other festive Doodles have there been?

Christmas: Google’s latest festive doodle from 2014

Previous years have seen an eclectic range of Christmas-related decorations adorn the lettering, from traditional themes to ones with heavy neon use.

2011’s Doodle saw the lettering overlaid with neon Christmas lights similar to those found on the houses Christmas enthusiasts – it included a light up Father Christmas and giant snowflake.

In contrast, 2003 saw the ‘Google’ snowed under and being dug out by a pair of helpful snow people.

Often there are multiple different Doodles that focus on a single theme – 2003 for instance also saw the snow people scratching their heads as the second ‘o’ was carried away by a snow plough.

You can find the full archive of Google Doodles here.

How did Google Doodles start?

Some doodles are interactive, with full playable games to get stuck into

The Doodle first came to life through chance and a bit of fun. In 1998 Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin headed off to the infamous American music festival Burning Man and, rather than leave a traditional ‘out of office’ note, decided to place an image of a stick figure standing behind the ‘o’ of ‘Google’.

The idea of decorating the now iconic logo started here and from this point they went on to mark anniversaries and events or to celebrate the lives of people they deemed worthy of admiration.

The first official Doodle was made to celebrate Bastille day, with an intern charged with the job of creating it. After a positive response the intern became “Google’s chief Doodler”, continuing to create more and more.

Google has now done over 4,000 Doodles for its various global web pages and hires illustrators to create them. Google say that: “The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love of innovation.”

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