The Google APIs Client Library for Python is designed to provide provide simple, flexible, powerful access to many of Google's APIs from Python. Some of the APIs accessible through this library include Google Drive, Google+, Google Maps, YouTube, and more.
Over at Google Maps Mania, Keir Clarke has a good round-up of new Christmas-themed Google Maps mashups. Each year developers create new mashups with holiday themes, with most being map mashups. Two of these shown below have been added to our mashup directory. For more see our report from last year on tacky Christmas lights and finding out how far does Santa travel to you.