For some of us it isn't Christmas yet until we've heard Bing croon his way through the nostalgic notes of 'White Christmas' and sung along to the best of our ability. But for others, they want the real deal. They want exactly what Mr Crosby is singing about; glistening treetops and sleigh bells ringing in the snow.
But even though we often associate the festive season with sledging and snowball fights, snow at Christmas isn't actually that common. Not in the UK, anyway. Records show that snowflakes have fallen on December 25 around 38 times in Britain over the last half century, but it's rare for us to get a widespread covering of Christmas snow.