London: Google is celebrating “Happy Holidays” on Christmas Eve, the beginning of the holiday season in many countries, with an interactive colourful doodle.
In the United States, “Happy Holidays” (along with the similarly generalised “Season’s Greetings”) has become a common holiday greeting in the public sphere of department stores, public schools and greeting cards. Its use is generally confined to the period between United States Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
American use of the term “Happy Holidays” to replace “Merry Christmas” dates back at least to the 1970s and was a common phrase relating to the Christmas season at least going back to the 1890s. The term may have gained popularity with the Irving Berlin song “Happy Holidays” (released in 1942 and included in the film Holiday Inn).
Google has been wishing its users with a pre-Christmas doodle for over 10 years now.
The 2012 Happy Holidays doodle on the Google homepage features a parade of toys, some of whom are playing different musical instruments.
The grand master leading the parade is welcoming the festive season. The letters of the word Google are seen in the backdrop.