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'Tis the season! Google posts a Happy Holidays 2014 doodle

In popular culture, eight flying reindeer pull Santa's sleigh as he delivers presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve.

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Updated:December 23, 2014, 11:37 AM IST
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'Tis the season! Google posts a Happy Holidays 2014 doodle
In popular culture, eight flying reindeer pull Santa's sleigh as he delivers presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve.

New Delhi: Marking the beginning of the holiday season in many countries of the world, Google has posted an animated doodle that features a reindeer-driven sleigh with three child passengers and a driver dashing through the snow. The doodle has a Google logo placed on top of it.

The doodle that exclaims 'Tis the season! appears to be the first in a series of the Happy Holidays 2014 doodles as we have seen Google posting multiple doodles during the Christmas season in the past.

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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