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Google Easter Egg Brings a White Christmas to Your Web Browser

Google offers up some frosty search results

If you’re still waiting for winter to arrive, Google can help. The search engine might not be able to bring you a white Christmas outside, but it can at least add some snow to your web browser. A recently uncovered Easter egg uses JavaScript to bury your search results under a fresh coat of snowy pixels.

To see the hidden feature just head to Google.com and search for the phrase “let it snow.” Provided your browser is up to the task — the latest versions of Chrome, IE, Safari and Firefox should all work — the search results page will begin to fill up with frost and snow.

Once the search results are sufficiently covered in white you can click and drag your mouse to write a message in the frost. And because nothing from Google is ever without a tie-in to Google+, just click the “+” button to share your Easter egg drawing with other Google+ users. To clear away the frost, click the “defrost” button.

Google is well known for its Easter eggs, the search results page recently did a flip for the phrase “do a barrel roll” and the company has even gone so far as to embed an entire flight simulator in Google Earth. If you’d like to see some other Google search Easter eggs, try typing “tilt“, “ascii art” (check out the Google logo) and our personal favorite, the quite subtle “recursion.”