The Christmas lights are twinkling in Oxford Street (Jessie J switched them on in her indomitable style this year), the John Lewis Christmas ad is melting hearts and the glossy magazines are stuffed full of turkey recipes.
Yes, the countdown to Christmas 2013 has begun. And with five weeks to go (eek) till the big day the speculation about whether we’re going to have a White Christmas has begun.
But why are we all so obsessed with the idea of a White Christmas?
When I canvassed Twitter friends, some put it down to the Bing Crosby effect (White Christmas is the best-selling single in history, with more than 50 million copies sold worldwide), while others reckoned it’s because everything looks so much prettier when it’s blanketed in snow. “It’s like the perfect fairytale ending,” said one.
But even though we often associate the festive season with sledging...