Google's Snowy Easter Egg, and Calling Santa
Article by George Norman
On 19 Dec 2011
If you want to see some snow, Google has got you covered with an interesting Easter egg. If you search for “let it snow” on Google, it will start snowing in your browser window. Furthermore, your browser window will fog up. You can use your mouse to defrost the window like you would with a real life window, or you can hit the “Drefrost” button to make everything visible again.

As a little side note, there’s another interesting Easter Egg you may want to know about: if you search for “do a barrel roll” on Google, the browser window will, well, do a barrel roll.


That takes care of the “Google’s Snowy Easter Egg” part in this article’s title; let’s move on to the “Calling Santa” part. As you may remember, last year people from all over the US got a personalized holiday phone call from Santa after Santa got his own Google Voice number. People could go to the Send a Call from Santa website and set it up so that Santa would make a customized phone call to a number in the US.

That was last year – this year Google set it up so that people can call Santa from within Gmail (free for US And Canadian users, $0.1/minute plus applicable VATs for international calls). From within Gmail you can call Santa’s Google Voice number 855-34-SANTA and leave him a message. “Santa won't be able to return messages himself—it’s a busy time of year for him—but he's promised to keep us up to date on happenings in the North Pole day by day,” explained Product Marketing Manager, Trevor Clairborne.

So to recap, Google’s surprises this holiday season is the fact that if you search for “let it snow” on Google, it will start snowing in your browser window. If you go to the Send a Call from Santa website, you can set it up so that Santa will call you or someone you know (US numbers only). And you can call Santa from within Gmail and leave him a message (free in the US and Canada).

Tags: Google, Chrome, Gmail, Santa
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