When those inevitable snow days arrive for those of us in the northern climate, there’s no need to fret and fuss. When you lose a day and can’t make it to work, take advantage of the time off. (Please note the following suggestions are only for a day or two, if you’re snowed in more than that you have more important things to contend with.)
- Take pictures. Get you camera and take some pictures of the winter beauty. It is short and fleeting, so taking advantage of that newly fallen snow. Use the day to make a family picture, or take silly pictures of yourselves playing in the snow. Then email them to your friends in Florida.
- Look for animal tracks. You should do this first before you tramp them out all in your running around. But if it snows again, your old tracks will fill in. You can almost always find birds, squirrels, bunnies, and if you live near the country deer tracks. If you’re in a big city look for cat and dog prints too.
- Build a snowman. Put on your boots and waterproof gloves and get to work. Or if snowmen aren’t your thing – use your feet to scrape a message in the snow. (You can even add food coloring to make it stand out.)
- Have a snowball fight. There’s nothing more playful than a total free-for-all in the snow. Everyone against everyone, no teams allowed. Just run around, and practice your throws. Odds are unless you’re into sports or recently had some practice your aim will be a bit off.
- Make a snow angel. There’s just something so fun about lying on the ground and making a pretty angel in the snow. Do a row of them and give a prayer of thanks for the beauty of the day. Or try to catch a snowflake on your tongue. (It’s harder than it looks.)
- Watch the snow fall. Sit inside on the window seat, or if you have a covered porch watch from outdoors. The snowfall is such a peaceful scene. What a great way to pass a little time. Have a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider to keep warm. Yum!
- Play with your dogs. Dogs love the cold air. Even the slowest animal will perk up in the winter chill. Go outside and throw the ball, chase your dog around or just watch them run in circles. The exercise is good for both of you and you’ll enjoy the warmth of your home even more after some good frosty fun.
- Roast some marshmallows. If you have one of those little fire pits for your deck you can roast marshmallows over it. If you have an indoor fireplace, go inside and sit in front of the crackling fire for a few hours. Maybe even tell a story or two.
- Do some sledding. If you have a hill nearby and are feeling adventurous, get your sled out and go for a spin. Just watch out for those trees. Most kids know the best spots for pain-free sledding, just follow the line.
- Decorate your Christmas tree. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to decorate your tree. There’s just something about snow and Christmas that go together. You don’t have anything else to do anyway and this is a great family activity. Pop some popcorn or bake a few cookies too. The house will smell great and you can cross another item off your to-do list.
Whatever you choose, try to have fun. Unless you live in the extreme north, these snow days won’t last long, enjoy it while you can. Instead of complaining about the inconvenience, use the time as an unexpected family treat. Play together, have everyone pitch in for a big family dinner, or cuddle together under a warm blanket as you watch a favorite movie. Make the most of your day off!