For those who have been wondering exactly how Google pays early each year at Christmas, I finally figured it out. I analyzed the PIP thread and it was like a lightbulb went on in my brain! Voila!
It is quite simple. It all started Christmas Eve (the 24th) -- Australia and New Zealand came first... then the European/Asian countries... then on around to the East Coast of the U.S. before the sun rose on Christmas morning. This is EXACTLY the route that Santa Claus and his trusty reindeer take each year.
Google "Norad Tracks Santa" and see for yourself!
Our checks are obviously delivered by the guy in red himself. And who said there wasn't a Google Santa? Unfortunately he lost most of our potential Google gifts over the Atlantic Ocean in that freak storm...