YouTube gets into Christmas spirit, adds falling snow video overlay

December 22, 2011

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A Irish winter 2010/2011 scene. Credit: Darren McCarra/The Sociable

A Irish winter 2010/2011 scene. Credit: Darren McCarra/The Sociable

Although increasingly mild conditions of late suggests with certainty that we won’t experience a white Christmas this year (at least here in Ireland), YouTube is attempting to bring some much needed festive cheer by providing a snow overlay option on some of the millions of videos available to watch on the video sharing service.

A small snowflake icon appears towards the bottom-right of most YouTube videos once the play button has been pressed. When the snowflake icon is pressed, small flakes of snow begin to fall and accumulate at the bottom-half of the video viewing frame.

Snowflakes keep falling even when a video is paused, and are disrupted by hovering your mouse over the video. Try it out on this video below;

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Darren McCarra

Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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