Actually, I'm not used to snow, so I guess I don't know what I'm missing. I would love to experience a White Christmas. However, usually at Christmas it's more of a beach day than a snow day. They've upped the forecast a bit for the week. It's supposed to be about 85 on Christmas day. I think tomorrow is supposed to be the coolest day of the week, and it should be about 71 degrees.
As far as compared to Modesto goes, it gets a lot cooler up there in the winter, and you get a lot more rain in the winter than we do down here. However, I don't think it gets as hot in the summer here in LA as it gets in Modesto, because isn't Modest a bit inland? We can get temps that are in the 90's and even triple digits, but the triple digits usually only happen a few days out of the summer. It's usually in the upper 80's and the lower 90's, and a bit cooler than that when you're on the beach.