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How important is a white Christmas?

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Church Street in Burlington is snow-free heading into Christmas. Do last-minute shoppers miss the white stuff?

"No, Im not upset I grew up in Vermont I have seen enough snow to last me 500 years," says Eric Perron.

Not to worry -- just a bit up north, in Bakersfield, there are a reported 14 inches of new snow.

"Well a week from now we wouldn't appreciate it but right now its great. The kids like to slide here on the lawn after they come back with the tree while the family is tying it on," says Alice Foote.

Foote and her husband sell Christmas trees and the snow is a welcome addition to their trees and their singing snowman.

"They enjoy a great walk all around we have got maybe 20 acres in trees they just enjoy the natural setting the possibility of seeing animals and birds," Foote says.

Nancy Davis and her husband were busy in the snow, collecting their horses.

"The fence wasn't working and they got out last night and a neighbor found them and put them in his pasture and we just come to get them," Davis says. "Taking them home."

While a number of places across the state got 8 to14 inches of snow over the weekend, other towns got little to no accumulation. Why is that?

There are many different reasons why some places get more snow than others but the main two are elevation and lift.

As moisture lifts into cooler air, it condense and falls as snow.

And some say, it just doesn't feel like Christmas, without snow.

"I am glad we got some snow before Christmas. We had a couple of years where Christmas Day we'd get snow but other than that we have had some green Christmasses" says John Modugno of Bakersfield.

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