Are You Going to Have a White Christmas?

Did you know that Bing Crosby’s White Christmas is the best selling single of all time? I am astonished by that, though it has nothing to do with this article.

For many of us, we hope that we will be blessed with having a White Christmas. While I don’t think that anyone wants to have feet of snow necessarily at the holiday, a covering of snow is a great thing to wake up to on Christmas Morning. I used to love waking up, opening my presents, and going outside to play before heading over to Grandma’s for our last round of present openings.

Did you know that there is an actual definition of what constitutes a White Christmas in the United States? For it to be considered a White Christmas, there has to be at least an inch of snow on the ground by 7AM local time, which is most likely the time the sun will be coming up. That is by far one of the coolest facts I’ve really ever heard about Christmas.

The southern hemisphere is going through their summer, so outside of Antartica, there aren’t many places that could have a White Christmas, so they are clearly very rare there. In the northern hemisphere, however, there is a pretty likely chance. If you look at the cover photo for this article, you’ll see exactly how that pans out. The likeliest areas to see snow are the areas around the Great Lakes and bordering Canada. Most of those areas have a 60% chance or greater of seeing snow on Christmas morning.

In Youngstown, it has been awhile since we’ve had a White Christmas, or at least what could be considered one. We’ve had some snow right before and right after Christmas, but the Christmas Day snow has eluded us. How has it been in your neck of the woods? Do you have fond memories of your White Christmases? If so, let us know in the comments!


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