The bookies have, apparently, revised down massively the odds for a sparkling, snowy Christmas (4/1 for London, and a Scrooge-like 2/1 in Aberdeen, according to the UK Huffington Post 04/12/12) after being deluged with bets – the placement of which increased exponentially after long-term forecasters declared a white Christmas in the UK “a foregone conclusion” (funny that…). Technically speaking (i.e. according to the MET office, and gambling types), to qualify as a white Christmas only the merest flake of snow is required to be recorded falling at a specified location (presumably a weather station…) during 24 and 25 December, but I’m sure the rest of us are with Bing Crosby and picture glistening tree tops and a snow covering sufficiently deep to support the main man’s present-laden sled.
For the record, we are currently experiencing the rather grey and drear prelude to this magical winter wonderland prediction, but I thought I’d rustle up a little highly localised snowfall to allow my little penguin friend – now happily over his unpleasant bout of pie-precipitated indigestion – to work on his snowballing technique: pictured on the left of this rather hasty sketch, he seems to have honed the rolling part of the exercise to a slick art – unlike his opponent (whom, although he has managed to roll a snowy missile, is – crucially – just that little bit too slow… *gulp*):
This piece also now qualifies for the latest Illustration Friday challenge (hurray!) to conjure something up on the theme of snow – please do swing by the IF site to see what amazing artworks have sprung into being around the globe in response to this prompt: I promise you won’t be disappointed! 🙂