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Holiday-Appropriate Weather

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"God bless Mother Nature."
For stories taking place during any holiday, expect the weather to always be perfectly appropriate for the occasion.

For example, on the Fourth of July, the sky is always going to be sunny and clear (for barbecuing and fireworks), and on Christmas, snow is essentially inevitable (unless you're in Australia). This makes sense considering those events happen early in American summer and winter respectively, but also seemingly ignores all the various, sometimes random factors that affect weather. Just because it snows in a certain day in a certain year doesn't mean that next year will be the same after all. This can lead to geographical inaccuracies if a specific location in the US starts exhibiting weather that very rarely or never actually materializes in that region for the sake of holiday atmosphere, such as snow in a place where it either doesn't snow or where it typically starts in January instead of December.

This mostly happens with Christmas, but Halloween is also a notable offender. Pick a Halloween Episode, any Halloween episode, and you'll realize quickly that it's always a nice night for trick-or-treating, despite the abundance of rainfall during the autumn season. At best, you get a cloudy, windy night for some spooky atmosphere, but thunderstorms only show up if it's an actual horror story with a killer or monster set loose. Valentine's Day is another common case of this. Technically, it's a winter holiday and spring is over a month away, yet, if there's a Valentine's Day Episode, it will always be spring-flavored, despite the fact that many places average colder on Valentine's Day than on Christmas and have far more snow on the ground. And speaking of spring, Easter (a spring holiday) will always be sunny with lots of flowers in bloom — even in those years when it's in late March, before the plants have begun to regrow and there's still a chance of wintry weather, especially in the northern United States.

See Empathic Environment for weather that changes to reflect character actions. Related to Let There Be Snow, where someone asks for, and gets, Christmas snow in a usually non-snowy location. Dreaming of a White Christmas is a Sub-Trope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cat Planet Cuties has it snow on Christmas in the final episode of the anime. In Okinawa. It's a result of the Space Elevator the Catians are lowering down to Earth as a present. Which just happens to look suspiciously like a giant Christmas tree.

  • Lampshaded and justified in Good Omens. The area where the child Antichrist lives always gets "appropriate" weather (snow on Christmas, Bonfire Night never gets rained out, etc.) because said Antichrist is unconsciously using his powers to warp reality and make it so.
  • Harry Potter always has Christmas snow. Every. Single. Book. Most likely, A Wizard Did It.
  • In a The 39 Clues Rapid Fire eBook, right when it is revealed that Grace is going to die, it begins to snow.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • It was a Running Gag on Doctor Who for this to be subverted. It would always appear to snow on Christmas in London... only it wouldn't be real snow but ash from a blown-up spaceship or something.

    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing has all days, not just the holidays, happen with matching weather.
  • In the mobile game Disney Magic Kingdoms, updates that come in autumn and winter (particularly around Christmas) bring appropriate changes to the background trees and decorations (along with snow during winter) in the entrance area.
  • In Snoopy's Street Fair for iOS, snow appears in Charlie Brown's neighborhood in late December. After Christmas ends, however, the snow is gone and normal weather resumes.

  • Girl Genius: During the Christmas themed 2020 sidestory Mechanicsburg is all decorated for Christmas and the rooftops are blanketed with snow. The actual story discusses Christmas, but is focused on the Mechanicsburg mid-winter tradition of Jager-stomp.

    Western Animation 
  • Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh: Subverted. When the special begins, the early evening skies are partly cloudy, but it's considerably windy. When things start to go wrong for Piglet, a thunderstorm blows in. Though it doesn't rain, the thunder and lightning symbolize and punctuate Piglet's fears of Halloween, and the storm clears up when Piglet overcomes his fears at the end.
    Tigger: Ooh, a stormin' good storm! This is gonna be the "bestest" Halloween ever, with loads of lightnin'! (lightning flashes with loud thunder) And thunderous thunderin'! (it thunders and lightnings again) And "windifferus" winds breakin' everywhere! (the wind picks up in intensity) Hoo hoo hoo!
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Dimmsdale is located in California, and generally It's Always Spring there, except when Christmas rolls around, at which point it actually begins snowing. Even crazier is that on the day after Christmas, the snow immediately melts away to make way for a very early spring.
  • In Phineas and Ferb it's always summer, so you have to imagine Independence Day is in there somewhere. And it's always sunny. (Except in the Christmas episode. Can you guess what the weather was then? Yup, snow. Again.) Anyone sensing a pattern? Also, they have a Christmas in July episode where they make fake snow.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Played with in the Christmas Episode, where O-Town hasn't had a white Christmas in years and it just rains instead. It miraculously starts snowing when Rocko and his new elf friend manage to bring Christmas cheer back to O-Town, but by the day after Christmas the snow has already started to melt.
  • The Simpsons frequently plays this trope straight. It's occasionally referenced or lampshaded...
    • "Another Simpsons Clip Show" has Lisa recall an "unseasonably warm" Valentine's Day (when calling back to the events of "I Love Lisa").
    • In "White Christmas Blues", Springfield becomes the only place in America to have a white Christmas, thanks to a combination of the nuclear power plant's radioactive emissions and the tire yard fire's pollution, thus attracting many tourists for the holiday season.
    • In "Tis' the 30th Season", the snow starts to come down on Thanksgiving night. It's deconstructed when the family drives out of Springfield for a holiday vacation and finds no snow anywhere else. And as they drive home from their vacation, they seem to come across a snowstorm and assume they are close to Springfield... but it's actually from an asbestos factory.