Christmas Countdown in Princeton                                                                                                                              December 23rd

Kiosk  in Princeton, NJ as seen in American Public House Review

Someone has already availed herself of the phone number for Scotland Yards Snow Plowing Service from the information kiosk at the intersection of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets. Perhaps she is anticipating a white Christmas. 

The weather forecasters are wavering about the possibility of a white Christmas in Princeton this year. As we write this, The National Climatic Data Center (NCDA) gives it about a 40% chance.

Interest in Christmas grew throughout Europe and her colonies during the "Little Ice Age" which lasted from about 1550 - 1850. A mantle of white became an expected ingredient to the celebration. As the climate warmed, the chance of snow declined much to the chagrin of many. And then in 1752, when the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar effectively moved Christmas Day back by 12 days . . . well the problem is obvious.


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