Google's Happy Holidays Logo Hurtful To Christians?

Dec 24, 2012 • 8:34 am | comments (762) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

On Google today is a special Google logo for the holiday season. The logo looks very cheerful and Christmas like. Here it is:

Google's Happy Holidays Logo - Christmas

Tomorrow is Christmas and some Christians are hurt by the fact that when you hover your mouse over the logo or click on the logo, all it says is "Happy Holidays" as opposed to Merry Christmas.

Google's Happy Holidays Logo

Now, Google typically does this every year. Last year's post has 50 comments and the year before has 55, mostly with complaints about the language Google used for their logo.

Why not say Merry Christmas? The only holiday that I am aware tomorrow, December 25th, is Christmas. Chanukah was a couple weeks earlier, Kwanzaa is the day later and even Festivus is the 23rd. So why not make a logo specific to each holiday so all religious groups are happy?

Google responded to one complaint in the Google Web Search Help forums, where Jessica from Google was also hurt and sad but for other reasons:

Thanks for the feedback. The Google Doodles are intended to make people smile and I'm sad to hear that this is severely upsetting the folks on this thread, even to the point of believing that this is "destroying the Christmas spirit." We're happy to pass along the feedback to the Doodlers.

What is interesting is that other countries to mention Merry Christmas. For example, Google Norway says :"God Jul fra Google!" which means Merry Christmas from Google:

God Jul fra Google

I should note, it is already Christmas day in Australia and Google Australia doesn't have a Doodle live for Christmas day, which is incredibly unlike Google.

Update: Google finally posted a Christmas Day Doodle on Google Australia several hours into the day. Here it is:

Christmas Day Google Doodle

Should Google be more explicit with the Google logo, especially when other holidays don't overlap with them?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help and Google+.

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