Google jumped into the new year — and new decade — with a Doodle featuring Froggy the weather frog watching a fireworks celebration over a harbor bracketed by tall buildings. Froggy, familiar to anyone who’s ever performed a Google search for weather from a mobile device, is especially hoppy about 2020 because it’s a leap year!
For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. In recent years, Google has gone the party animal route with its New Year’s Eve Doodles, with some featuring birds and.
On New Year’s Day, Froggy was in a more reflective mood. The first Doodle of the new year shows the amphibian looking out at the same harbor view that hosted the fireworks display as a new day began with a bright sunrise and calm waters.
While we celebrate surviving another trip around the sun, it’s also important to survive the last day of the year, especially if you’re a party animal. If you’re of a mind to ring in the new year at a party or with a night on the town — or anytime you might be carousing in 2020 — please don’t drink and drive. Instead,or save the number for a taxi company in your phone’s contacts so you can make it home without risking arrest, injury or worse.
If you were imbibing on New Year’s Eve, Champagne probably was in your glass at some point. It’s a traditional way to toast the new year, but if you’re ever looking to jazz up your bubbles, CNET sister site Chowhound has some tips to create custom cocktails that can be made with Champagne or other liquors.
Watching the ball drop in Times Square is also New Year’s Eve tradition, as is watching bowl games on New Year’s Day. But if you eschew the crowds for the couch, TV Guide lists more than two dozen TV marathons to help you welcome 2020 with your remote control.
CNET also has some ideas for fun ways to— or any — money.
However, you choose to welcome the new year, here’s hoping you’re as hoppy as Froggy!
Originally published Dec. 31, 2019.
Updated Jan. 1, 2020: Added Google’s Doodle for New Year’s Day.