Google search adds a fun tip when searching for Christmas

It’s that time of year again, and Google’s Santa Tracker is getting a lot of traffic as kids around the world check in to see what’s new at the North Pole and follow Santa before his big night. This year the Google search team added a few Easter eggs to your results when you search for “Christmas,” and apparently they vary depending on where in the world you are.

When I did that, a cute little gift fell from the top of the screen right next to the words “Christmas Day”, and clicking on it was taken straight to the Santa Tracker, but not until happy elf in a mask face flew my screen in a hot air balloon. Oh, and a nice family decorating a Christmas tree also appeared on the right side of the search bar.

Google search for “Christmas”

In a new keyword blog post, Google bagged an exclusive interview with the Jolly guy himself and he took the time to share the Christmas story across different cultures as well as highlight some of the most popular vacation tools that Google has created over the past few years. For example, the Opera Blob has been a big hit with kids and adults alike, and Google Arts and Culture even has a Christmas-themed coloring book you can work on.

Plus, the “North Pole Newscast” is coming back this year, so by simply asking Google Assistant “What’s going on at the North Pole?” You can get a fun little report every day from the elf named Dimplesticks. You can also do this on your Chromebook if the Assistant is on, of course, so give it a try! On calling this I was informed that the Santa Claus takeoff video dropped today. He shows him pulled out of bed and prepared for the trip by his elves before blasting off into the night in his eco-friendly sleigh to deliver presents. Very smart, Google, very smart.

As a reminder, you can make your kids interact with Santa Claus tonight by saying “Hey Google, call Santa” from any smart home device with built-in Assistant. In doing so, they will be greeted by the big guy and can have a conversation with him and even help the elves create a holiday song.

At this time, I don’t see any new games or interactive experiences on the Santa Tracker for kids if they’ve already played last year’s content to death. There’s still a lot to tinker with, and it’s fun to revisit the animations and songs every year, so if you have kids make sure you let them install it on their Chromebooks by clicking the “Install” button. at the top right of Chrome the Omnibox or the search bar of the browser! Finally, you absolutely have to say “Hey Google, follow Santa Claus” or “Hey Google, where is Santa Claus?” To give the kids something fun to do while you wrap the last of the presents.

Amanda J. Marsh