The Price is White for Christmas

December 18, 2018

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Believe it or not, a White Christmas is a popular betting choice at this time of the year, so sit down, take a well-earned break from your last-minute Christmas shopping, and let us guide you through why White Christmas betting is as popular as it is.

The Christmas songs tell us it’s happening, our Christmas cards are covered in the stuff, and Santa’s grotto certainly isn’t short of any either, but why is it so many of us love and dream of snow at Christmas?

Could it be the cosiness we feel when we’re wrapped up inside, overindulging on Christmas dinner, watching the snow fall outside? Perhaps a snowman competition is your thing? But let’s think of the reality.

For starters, it’s a nightmare when you’ve got to drive around to the family’s house, or after the bank holiday when you have to slip and slide down the street to get to work; it’s just a huge icy heap of stress.

Nevertheless, whether you love it or hate it, it’s a thing. A Christmas thing. Which makes it all the more enjoyable to get involved in!

The office discussions, hedging your bets over dinner, deciding who’s driving if it happens. They’re all part of the annual build-up to whether or not it’ll be a White Christmas.

Let’s take a look at where it all started and see which of us might be lucky or unlucky enough to see the snowflakes fall on Christmas day.

Why do we dream of a White Christmas?

It was probably Bing Crosby who started it all, and now over 70 years later, it feels like a tradition to look forward to a White Christmas, as everything around us which is festive-themed hints that we’re expecting snow.

We see snowmen on Christmas jumpers and advent calendars, snowball fights in the films, all the Christmas Rom Coms love a bit of snow; so why should we not get involved in the excitement? It would be nice to open the curtains on Christmas morning to see a blanket of snow, making the dull streets look that bit more festive.

I suppose, if you want snow at any point in the year, it’s better to have it over Christmas than throughout a miserable January. Unfortunately, it tends to be January and February when the snow comes, and we really do not want it. Cue flashbacks of hitting the deck on a freezing cold Monday morning in February.

Back to Christmas, though. If it’s fluffy and there’s not six feet of the stuff. It would look nice, let’s face it.

When was our last White Christmas?

According to the Met Office, the last official White Christmas was in 2010, when snow was widespread across the whole of Great Britain – from Northern Ireland to Scotland, parts of Wales, and from the North-East to the far South-West of England.

Usually, we see the most snow once the turn of the year is well and truly over, but after the blazing hot summer we had, who knows? We could get that festive sprinkle of snow just in time for the big day.

Apparently, a White Christmas would have been more frequent in the 18th and 19th centuries, but climate change has affected that quite a bit. Plus, we can’t bet on the weather from yesterday never mind 300 years ago, so let’s look forwards.

How is it measured?

Originally a single location was used to define whether a Christmas was white or not. But look at the weather forecast any day you’ll see that from the North to the South of the country, we can have very different kinds of weather.

Naturally, with the desire for snow and an increased interest in betting on it, they now measure it in different landmarks across the United Kingdom. The Met Office claims that some of these include Buckingham Palace, the set of Coronation Street in Manchester and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Most of the White Christmas betting opportunities, however, are based on the airports in different UK locations. Perhaps they are more trustworthy than the set of a soap?

How “White” does Christmas need to be?

The Met Office states that to qualify for a White Christmas, one snowflake needs to be observed falling within the 24 hours of the 25th of December at one the weather stations across the country.

ONE SNOWFLAKE!? ONE!? Just one? How could the person or technology on lookout be sure they would notice just one snowflake falling from the sky? Insane.

If you actually wanted a White Christmas, you would probably be disappointed at the one snowflake. For the festive punters, however, one snowflake could be the difference between a loss and a few Christmas quid in their pockets.

What are the odds for a White Christmas this year?

The favourites in the UK to be hit with one or more snowflakes on Christmas day are those which, unsurprisingly, are the closest to the North Pole in Great Britain. Yes, that would be our bonny Scottish friends, Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports.

Newcastle has crept in just above Glasgow in the White Christmas UK favourites, with London Heathrow and Southampton as the outsiders, as the odds stand at the moment.

The general weather forecast for the northern cities is worse than that of London in the run-up to Christmas. With showers, storms and rain predicted galore, we wonder if that precious single snowflake can visibly fall and land on Christmas Day. What a sight it would be to see a whole blanket of snow, but going by the weather, it’s unlikely to lie for long if it does come.

Perhaps the more Christmassy we feel and the more festive films we watch, the more we begin wishing for a White Christmas.

Well, it’s the final countdown now, and baby, it’s pretty flipping cold outside.

Find the bookmakers offering the best White Christmas betting odds.

Author: Laura

Laura has been sharing her opinions on all kinds of popular culture for over a year, with a strong focus on great music and questionable TV. A massive Geordie who has a love of all things Newcastle United, when she isn't sprinting across the Tyne Bridge to St James Park, we normally find her in-front of the TV watching Shrek, Coronation Street or Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

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