12/23/2011 02:55 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 05:12 EST

VIDEO | Make that a green Christmas

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Christmas and winter just seem to go hand in hand, especially in a northern climate like Canada's. This year, however, many Canadians are finding themselves facing a green Christmas, not a white one.

Environment Canada says that right across the country, this has been the balmiest December on record. And looking ahead to the weekend, millions of Canadians should expect a green Christmas, forecasters say.

The culprit, of course, is global warming, as the CBC's Catherine Cullen reports for The National on Thursday.