Will you bet on a White Christmas?
British people seem oddly obsessed about a lot of things. Orderly queueing, house prices and illegal immigrants are just three hot UK obsessions, but there is one aspect of British life that trumps all of them … the weather. So, it’s only natural at Christmas that Brits get all excited about snow, and the prospect of experiencing a “White Christmas” – which is defined as snow on Christmas Day.
Old folk are always happy to tell you that when they were nippers Christmas Day was always nippy and full of snow flurries. The last major White Christmas occurred in 2004, which actually set a record for Christmas Day snowfall going back forty years.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow …
This year is starting to look good for a White Christmas, but not so good for people expecting to travel around the country during the festive period.
Coral have slashed the odds of a White Christmas to 4/7, with Aberdeen being the 3/1 favourite UK city to experience a snow flurry on December 25th.
The odds of snow in London have been shortened slightly from 8/1 to 7/1, and Liverpool is down to 11/2 from 6/1.
Paddy Power are running a White Christmas sweepstake. You have to predict which city worldwide will see the most snow on December 25th. Unfortunately it seems Canada’s Winnipeg is spoiling the fun as they lead the field at a very snowdrift-like 1/100.
BetVictor are another bookmaker who seem convinced that anyone who really wants to see a White Christmas needs to get their skates on and travel up over the border. Inverness is favourite with them at 9/4, with Aberdeeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow at 5/2. No other UK city is shorter than 5/1.
Despite the recent cold snap, the chances of a UK White Christmas seem to remain very much in the balance.