In the first one posted on Christmas Eve, 2013, the Google doodle features a one-horse open sleigh whose history goes far back in time - James Lord Pierpont (18221893) wrote it with the title 'One Horse Open Sleigh' in the autumn of 1857, but you may be more familiar with its newer avatar 'Jingle Bells'.
Not that Google is doing something new, or out of nature, it is simply carrying on its own tradition of greeting its users with a Christmas doodle, a tradition that has lasted a decade. It does the same with various other religions across the world
However, for each Christmas season, whether it was 2012, 2011 or before, Google doodle presents a different worldview, sometimes toys, other times snow or even portraits spreading holiday cheers.
And considering the reach of Google globally, virtually into every household and across almost every sort of device, the greeting is seen by a mammoth audience.
Merry Christmas, indeed!