'Tis the season: Six Google Doodles of Christmases past

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Solstice, Happy New Year. No matter what you celebrate this holiday season, Google wishes you Happy Holidays with a Google Doodle. 

While most Google Doodles honor or celebrate individual people, such as Leon FoucaultDouglas Adams, and Raymond Lowey and their accomplishments, this time of year, the search giant takes a moment to simply wish the world well.

Here's a look at 5 Google Doodles of Christmases past.

1. Dashing through the snow

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'Tis the season for cross country skiing.

The 2014 Christmas Google Doodle features a plucky cross-country skier towing a toboggan loaded up with luggage. 'Tis the season for skiing according to the calendar, but there may not be too many swaths of snowy terrain for cross-country skiing this week, especially along the East Coast where rain storms are promising a rather soggy Christmas.

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