Snow days are the best days. It's a gift from the snow fairies to you for that elaborate, yet determined snow dance you did the night before, hoping for beautiful white flakes to grace the ground and a restful day off to enjoy the view. What's not to love? Well apparently a lot... but haters gonna hate and as it says over to the right there "never let anyone dull your (snow) sparkle."
So what do you do with your day off? If you hate snow you're probably sitting inside laughing maliciously as you secretly watch the snowman across the street melt (won't be inviting you to my igloo castle), but if you're like me, you revel in it! Think the scene from Elf when Buddy talks about Santa - that's me. On my snow days I try to spend as much of it outside as I can, but my fingers and toes can only take so much, so eventually I have to take a break.
So in honor of the upcoming snow storm (and in remembrance of this past December's blizzard) I have a few snow rituals to share with you and ways you can get creative to get the most of the Winter Wonderland, before sadly it will inevitably melt.
First things first, go outside!
One flake, two flake, three flake... gone. There's nothing worse than seeing snow and not getting to be a part of it. So as soon as you see flurries, stop. Go outside. Look up and enjoy the beauty as it snows down on you. I personally highly recommend dragging friends, family or co-workers to come with you because is best enjoyed in the company of others.
I like to think that if Timon and Pumba made it to the tundra, their mantra would still be the same, even in the snow. It means "sNOw worries... for the rest of your daayysss" Take that attitude with you outside and just let go - and play.
Find a pup and play fetch.
Make a snow angel.
Go sledding. Some places have public sledding areas (like this one in Quebec!) but if you aren't in a traditionally winter sport area, your backyard or neighborhood hill should do the trick. Don't have a sled? No problem! You'd be surprised at how easy using broken down cardboard is to slide down a sled path.
Or go skiing. This should probably be done at a real slope, not in your neighborhood. But there are some creative ways to make a DIY terrain park if you're adventurous enough...I'm just not endorsing that, cause, you know, liability.
Build an igloo. Ok, so the one below might be tough, but you catch my drift.
Take a walk in the woods. If you have kids, pretend you're in Narnia!
Try a snow dessert. The Food Network has some good snow recipes to try, but I'm partial to Maple Taffy. A Canadian classic, this sweet treat is pretty easy to make. Here's a recipe if you're interested in trying your culinary snow skills this snow day.
Warm up with a hot drink.
Once you've had your fun outside, my favorite thing to do is warm up with hot chocolate or chai tea (I'm not a coffee drinker, but that will work too - maybe even give you a second wave of energy to go back outside.) If you live in an urban area, see if your local coffee shop is open - I'm lucky and Whisk always has extended snow day hours!
Or if you're in the mood for a liquid blanket, get creative and make ice cocktails! You can freeze water to make ice shot glasses and then mix up some of your favorite cocktails. Amazon has a few different ones, but this company is pretty good.
Tuck in for the night.
Once it gets too late and the sun starts going down, the magic of a snow day doesn't have to end. It gets icy so for your safety, I'd recommend staying indoors. Here are some of my fav things to do when the world is seemingly quiet and tucked in under the snow blanket.
Bake something new (and preferably warm).
Treat yo self to a spa day. Snuggle in a robe, make your own mask, draw a bath, and just relax. Especially if you have some bumps or bruises after a day of playing in the snow. I personally like adding some lavender bath salts or a bath bomb to make things feel extra special.
Catch up on life planning. Use the end of the snow day to catch up on any odds and ends you have around the house - doing laundry, budgeting, catching up with friends or family, tying up loose ends at work.
So in prep for this upcoming snow day (or at least what I hope will be a snow day!) I'm getting out my snow pants and making sure I have the materials to make one of these face masks... what are you planning to do with your snow day?
Leave a comment below with your plans!