Getting an early start on the ‘white’ Christmas-thing was the mediaeval mid-European King Wenceslas with his yule-fuel logs when the snow lay all around deep and crisp and even.
Then early last century, a well-known brand of American soft-drinks gave Santa Claus a merry make-over – and turned him red!
It turned back to the ‘traditional’ White Christmas with Bing Crosby – although for most people black never really went out of ‘fashion’ with good old King Coal.
More recently, Christmases have ‘gone green’ with renewables playing more of a role in generating electricty (as we report elsewhere in today’s edition of Scottish Energy News).
Now wind and wave power developers are getting in on act with, for example, thriving Atlantis Resources urging people to think ‘blue-power’ this Christmas. In the New Year, Atlantis will start construction on the first phase in what is believed to be the world’s largest tidal stream power project – MeyGen – in the Pentland Firth.
At full capacity, this will generate 398 megawatts of clean and predictable power. This is enough to power 175,000 homes all year round.
Or – as Atlantis also helpfully point out – enough ‘blue-power’ for 40 million Christmas trees!
Scottish Energy News is taking a festive break and will publish the next daily newsletter on 5 Jan 2015. So we wish all of our 4,000 daily subscribers, our 8,000-plus unique monthly web site visitors and also all our Twitter followers a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!