White Christmas

In England the idea of a White Christmas is persistent but illusory.

Let’s talk definitions. Wikipedia: “A white Christmas, to most people in the Northern Hemisphere, refers to a Christmas Morning with snow on the ground.”

That’s what it means to me too!

So around Christmas there is mucho snowy tree, snowflake, and snow man imagery.

But according to one report, you have to go back to 1895 to find the last “Christmas-card blanket of snow covering the city on Christmas morning.”

Easy solution: change the  definition.

Wikipedia again: “In modern times, for the purposes of betting, a Christmas is considered “white” if a single snow flake is observed falling in the 24 hours of 25th December, even without a perceivable quantity of snow.”

So the bookies define the term!

More fool them. In 1999, they had to pay out on odds of 50:1 when this happened: “London is officially enjoying a white Christmas after a few flakes of snow fell on the roof of the Met Office weather centre.”

This Christmas it was dry, grey, and bitterly cold. Not exactly song material!


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