12/24/2012 12:30 pm ET Updated Dec 25, 2012

White Christmas Chicago: 2012 May Be Snowless, But At Least We Have The Memories (PHOTOS)

The big holiday is right around the corner but there's a blip in two of the most common Chicago Christmas Eve traditions: last-minute shopping and speculating about snow.

While last-minute deal hunters are hitting the streets of Chicago, anxiety over the fiscal cliff is blunting some shoppers' spending mood, according the Tribune. Still. NBC chicago says retailers are trying to lure gift-givers with steep discounts on Christmas Eve.

In addition to less holiday spending for 2012, there's also less snow--at least in Chicago. The area's long snowless streak was eventually broken last week, but none of the white stuff stuck around; Monday the Tribune said yuletide snow was unlikely this year.

As the Windy City gears up for potentially another Christmas without snow, HuffPost dug into the archives for a look at winters past--and not so past.

Even if the city ends up flake free, there are probably few Chicagoans who will miss certain aspects of winter weather.

Chicago Winters Past