All About That White Christmas

Even for those of us that typically loathe snow we can all agree that a little snow on the ground on Christmas morning makes the day a little more special. Unfortunately, in Ohio a white Christmas is always a crap shoot.

In a year where a white Christmas might mean a little more to everyone what are the chances we will get one?

One famously trust source on the topic, the Farmer’s Almanac, released its Christmas weekend forecast. For Ohio they summed up the forecast as “increasingly cloudy skies for the Christmas holiday weekend.”

If we don’t get it on the day there may be snow between the 20th and 23rd of December and perhaps before New Year’s Eve.

Many cultural critics link our national obsession with a white Christmas to several sources. One such source is Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella, originally published by Chapman & Hall in 1843 in London during a time when British society was evaluating and changing their Christmas traditions. Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story depicts a perpetually snow-covered London on and around Christmas day.

Additionally, the now classic “White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin and sung, originally, by Bing Crosby sits proudly among one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song is pure nostalgia whose lyrics focus on what else but a white Christmas “…like the ones I used to know…” This cultural artifact undoubtedly also has had a great influence on our Christmas snow obsession.

 

 

Dickens Victorian Village, Historic Downtown Cambridge, OH

Each year historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season.

From November through mid-January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society.

This innovative public art exhibition is enjoyed by families, couples, and groups alike – an experience that engages the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Cambridge.

The Dickens scenes are stationed along Wheeling Avenue at each antique lamppost and bench, between 6th and 11th Streets, in windows on street level, and in second story windows. Wheeling Avenue is also the historic National Road/Route 40, and features an outstanding streetscape of original buildings from the 1800s. The Dickens Victorian Village scenes are comprised of life sized and hand-made mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. The faces for each character are individually sculpted and painted by local artists.

The displays include engaging depictions of classic Dickens-era scenes and figures such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, the town crier, groups of carolers, a bucket brigade, lamplighters, school children, street peddlers, and Father Christmas, all posed in active scenes that appear frozen in time.

Also experience the courthouse, which comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. This magnificent 1881 building jumps into the 21st Century as it is bathed in colored lights, 36 animated light displays, and 15,000 lights outlining the building. The display is computer controlled with 364 electrical circuits meticulously synchronized to a holiday soundtrack, with a total of 30,000 lights. Four different light shows, each show is 8 to 12 minutes in length, are performed throughout each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the last show starting at 9 p.m.