Where in Northern California, Chilly? I grew up in Lodi, in the central valley, and I remember snow there ONCE...not a Christmas, though, Christmas meant fog in the valley. But the day we got snow...what a day it was!
It snows here in Colorado, for sure. We've had snow as early as Sept 17 (my stepdaughter was visiting from Texas and that's her birthday, that's why I remember the date. They first good storm usually comes by Halloween, though. It has snowed in June, but that's not common. Last year we got a foot and a half a few days before Christmas, but you can't count on it.
over in england, we have had the odd white christmas but we usually get snow in february.
i have a story i'd like to share with you all, on christmas eve 1993, i spent the day at my nan and grandad's house. my lovely grandad was very sick and i was helping to nurse him (i was only eight) we had a lovely day watching christmas films and eating chocolate. when it was time for me to go home i said to my grandad " love you, see you tomorrow. i hope it snows" he looked at me and smiled and said "it will, i'll make sure of it" my grandad died a few hours later at 3.20am christmas morning, and as he promised, it snowed.