Google's Holiday Surprise for Search and Docs
Article by George Norman
On 15 Dec 2009
Everybody is feeling the holiday cheer and getting in a festive mood. To celebrate the winter holidays, the Wolfram Alpha team decided to significantly drop the price for their iPhone app (see here). Over in Yahoo!’s camp, everybody is spreading some love by doing a random act of kindness; and they’re taking the time to design their own snowman holiday online card (see here). What is the Mountain View-based search engine giant doing?

Well it already got into the holiday spirit when it announced that it would let Gmail users send out real-life, non-virtual holiday cards. People that have a computer and live an online centric world are easy to reach – you can simply send them an email and wish them Happy Holidays. But people that do not have live in our digital world are harder to reach – you would have to send a non-virtual card to them. So Gmail offered to “snail-mail a free holiday postcard on your behalf.”


Google has yet another surprise for you. If you go to and hit the I’m Feeling Lucky button you will see a New Year’s countdown. Don’t type anything in the search bar, just press I’m Feeling Lucky and you will see how many seconds there are until the end of the year. It works with Chrome, Firefox and IE, but only on, not on the localized versions.

There is more: Google Docs is getting into the festive spirit with holiday themes in Google forms and holiday templates in the template gallery.

"Whether you are planning a recipe swap, family potluck, ski trip, a charity trip or need a party RSVP form, the new holiday themes in forms can make this season a little brighter. To try out the holiday themes, create a form and the click "Theme: theme name" to see all the themes that are available. There are also a lot of great holiday templates available in the Google Docs template gallery,” announced Eric Bogs and Bob Rose, Software Engineers, Google Docs.

Tags: Google, Google Search, Google Docs, Holidays
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