Google's Happy Holidays Doodle More Christian Friendly This Year?

Dec 24, 2013 • 8:10 am | comments (64) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

As you know, Google's Happy Holidays logos are up today, but for Christmas Eve here and Christmas Day (in Australia now).

Last year, there was huge firestorm about the logo being hurtful to Christians. Why? Because it led to a page that said "Happy Holidays." This year, we have the same thing:

Google Happy Holidays 2013 Logo

When you hover your mouse over the Doodle, it says "Happy Holidays from Google" and when you click through, it takes you to a search for "Happy Holidays."

The question is why doesn't Google say "Merry Christmas"? There is no other holiday today or tomorrow, not Kwanzaa or Chanukah. It is Christmas, so why not say "Merry Christmas"?

This year, at least under the search box is a "Ho ho ho! Follow Santa's journey around the world with Google Maps" and the logo shows Santa (I believe) on a sled? So it is a bit more Christmas focused than last year.

In fact, the Christmas day logo is even more Christmasy with a Christmas tree and all.

Here is the Christmas eve logo from Google:

Google's Happy Holidays - Christmas 2013

Here is the Christmas day logo from Google:

Google's Happy Holidays - Christmas 2013

There is currently one complaint in the Google Web Search Help forum but I expect many more. The complaint reads, "Why not wish us a Happy CHRISTMAS not holidays...?"

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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