If you deconstruct the Santa Claus tradition, you'll see that it mirrors the Google reality. That's right. Google is Santa Claus!
Consider that both Santa Claus and Google:
Of course, Google is advertiser supported. Santa Claus's organization, on the other hand, is not publicly traded, so we really don't know where his revenue comes in.
He somehow pays for a big house and factory, feeds a lot of reindeer and elves, and still manages to dress himself in fancy red clothes. He's getting money from somewhere.
The important thing is that in the case of both Google and Santa Claus, we're not supposed to think about revenue, just the free gifts.
Believe it, because this is precisely what Google does. The vast majority of Google data flies through the air at some point, either bouncing off satellites or transmitted through Wi-Fi or over the mobile phone networks.
Does Google use reindeer to do it? Nobody knows. Google's methods are protected trade secrets.
This is just like Google, where employees have rare skills, don't get paid a lot, but seem to have fun slaving away.
This is also a perfect description of the Googleplex, and the company's 22 other locations, where workshops are littered with colorful amusements, including model trains, multi-colored bicycles and colorful toys of every description.
All the food is free in Google's cafeteria, and sodas, candy and other treats are always free and nearby.
It's impossible to describe the Googleplex without it sounding exactly like Santa's workshop.
If you're lucky, you might even spot Santa's sleigh -- or one of Google's StreetView cars. Those cars are Google's photographic memory, which capture images of every home, office and business in the world.