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'Tis the season! Google marks Christmas Eve with second Happy Holidays doodle

The doodle features a man in a red ski suit pulling a sleigh laden with his suitcase and other belongings across the snow.

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Updated:December 24, 2014, 11:54 AM IST
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'Tis the season! Google marks Christmas Eve with second Happy Holidays doodle
The doodle features a man in a red ski suit pulling a sleigh laden with his suitcase and other belongings across the snow.

New Delhi: Celebrating Christmas Eve, Google has posted the second doodle in its series of Happy Holidays 2014 doodles. The doodle posted on Wednesday features a man, who is probably heading for his home to celebrate the holiday season, in a red ski suit pulling a sleigh laden with his suitcase and other belongings across the snow. The doodle that exclaims 'Tis the season! has a Google logo placed on top of it.

The first doodle in the series was posted on Tuesday and it featured a reindeer-driven sleigh with three child passengers and a driver dashing through the snow.

Google has been wishing its users with a pre-Christmas doodle for over 10 years now. In 2013, the doodle had a one-horse open sleigh with the letters of Google written underneath.

In 2012 Happy Holidays doodle on the Google homepage had a parade of toys, some of whom were playing different musical instruments. The grand master leading the parade was welcoming the festive season, and the letters of the word Google were seen in the backdrop.

In 2011, Google happy holidays doodle was made up of lit up holiday symbols - snowflake, Santa Claus, bell, snowman, candle and a gift box - on a dark background, symbolising the night sky. The Google logo appeared as a faint outline behind the holiday icons.

In 2010, Google had put up a doodle of interactive portraits of holiday scenes from around the world. Before 2010, Google used multiple doodles for the holiday season.

In popular culture, eight flying reindeer pull Santa's sleigh as he delivers presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve. That scenario was first described in the 1820s by American poet Clement Clarke Moore. More than 100 years later, American writer Robert L. May added Rudolph with his red nose leading the way.

Some of the story is rooted in reality, as migrating reindeer herds are usually led by a single animal.

But there's debate on the origins of the flying reindeer, and some have traced it to reindeer eating hallucinogenic mushrooms. Ancient Sami shamans, the theory goes, would then drink filtered reindeer urine and get high themselves, then think they were seeing their reindeer "flying."

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