One Midtown shopper said, "It’s an off-white Christmas. I’d qualify this snow. Christmas is all about spirit, not about technicalities," while another person argued that it needs to actually snow for it to be a white Christmas. Fun fact: "The National Climatic Data Center defines a white Christmas as a snow depth of at least one inch on Christmas. The last time that amount of remnant snow graced the city streets on Christmas morning was in 1998, and the last time that a fresh snowfall on Christmas Day met the minimum was in 2002. The snow depth reported at Central Park on Thursday morning was four inches."
Still, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said, “It’s not white in many places right now. Last Sunday morning it was beautiful and pristine snow that everyone wanted to go outside and play in, including myself. But as the week goes on, it gets a little tarnished." Yeah, especially if "tarnished" means not just gray and icky from vehicles but also golden and brown from dogs and probably humans.