'Tis the season! says Google in Tuesday's doodle that celebrates the start of the Christmas holiday season. Doodles during the Christmas period have become a tradition for the search giant, and it is expected to display a new doodle everyday till after the main holiday.
Google's Christmas doodle on Tuesday features a reindeer-driven sleigh with three child passengers and an adult driver. The Google logo is arrayed in a banner on top of the doodle. On rolling over the doodle with the mouse, the message 'Tis the season! is displayed.
On clicking on Tuesday's doodle, users are directed to a search results page for 'Tis the season!, which features a disambiguation Wikipedia entry for the phrase at the forefront. Also seen is an album widget on the right side, featuring a Wikipedia description of the 'Tis the season! album of Christmas songs by Olivia Newton-John and Vince Gill, as well as links for all 12 songs that open lyrics and YouTube video results on a dedicated page.
As with previous years, Google has specifically avoided references to Christmas with its 'Tis the season! doodle on Tuesday, taking a more politically correct approach to the holiday season and instead wishing users 'Happy Holidays' to spread cheer to those regions or users not celebrating Christmas.
The Google doodle archive page lists Tuesday's 'Tis the season! doodle as Holidays 2014 (Day 1), and it is visible across the world excepting Russia, Eastern Europe, northern Africa, and Indonesia. The last time Google posted a doodle on December 23 was back in 2010, once again wishing users Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.