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The Big Time Debate: White Christmas or Hot Christmas?


After a soft and soggy Christmas day, some are wondering which is better: a white Christmas or a warm Christmas.

There were no Christmas miracles in store for those who dreamed of a white Christmas on Saturday.

After Christmas 2020 brought with it a winter wonderland, this year’s holiday forced snow seekers to take a rain check.

Snow lovers like Wayne Stamp of Niles. On his way home to spend Christmas with his family, the great-grandfather recounted the atmosphere of the snow

makes the holidays even more memorable.

“It’s one of the pleasures we have about Christmas snow,” Stamp said. “What are you going to do in the rain?” [have] to wear a raincoat and a rain hat and everything. “

It was a mild, soggy Christmas day marked by downpours that faded around 3pm.

However, the showers did not stop people from enjoying what was also a strangely hot December day.

For athletes outside of the Trumbull County Disc Golf Association (TCDGA), Saturday’s rain wouldn’t spoil the league’s thousandth straight week of play.

TDGA member Bill Flynn said the league has always taken pride in the way members play in all weather conditions – rain, shine, sleet or snow.

“I don’t think anyone is worried or overly worried about showing up,” Flynn said. “In fact, especially at the beginning, people thought they had a chance to win if the weather was bad because maybe fewer players would show up.”

These showers on December 25 were also accompanied by high temperatures for 39 years. WFMJ chief meteorologist Eric Wilhelm tweeted earlier on Saturday that “It’s the hottest Christmas since the hottest on record in 1982”.

It helped to relaunch the great debate on Christmas weather: snow or not? After a Twitter poll was sent out on Saturday to ask people this question, over 60% say they prefer a white Christmas, while nearly 40% say they prefer a warm Christmas (as of December 25, 2021 at 6:44 p.m.).

“It’s more like Christmas when it’s a lot of snow,” said Bob Schwartz, a former resident of Youngstown, who was visiting his family for Christmas. “I remember, I’m going to look old, when I was a kid it snowed all December.”

Stamp said the winter vacation weather brings memories of family reunions, going outdoors to snowball fights and making snow angels.

As for the pro-no-snow argument, Schwartz’s wife Erin Marie Schwartz said snow doesn’t make or break a Christmas celebration.

“We are doing the same thing we normally do and all the lights are off and the trees are standing,” she said.

And, while unusually hot weather and rain can put off the look of Christmas displays, they also have some advantages when it comes to vacation travel.

Bob Schwartz said his trip to Youngstown from his Cincinnati home only took five hours on Friday, and if it had snowed it could have taken many more hours.

“I mean, the driving, the traffic was really light, so it was pretty good driving,” he said. “If it was snowing a lot, we might not [have been] to be able to come home for Christmas and see everyone. “

So what’s the verdict: then or no snow? The truth is, most agree that it doesn’t really matter much in the big vacation scheme.

“It’s a feeling and an attitude,” said Erin Marie. “And everyone seems happy and excited.”

Not to mention that there is always next year to continue dreaming of a white Christmas.