Snow Day Rituals

20 Feb

Last year, we missed 10 days of school due to snow.

This year, we have had no snow days. It doesn’t seem fair. It seems especially unfair that we had snow this weekend and icy streets Monday morning – President’s Day – a day with no school.

There is hope. Snow is in the forecast, though it is hard to say if there will be enough to impact the school day.

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There are myths about how to ensure a snow day. The one we used at my previous school was simple: wear your pyjamas inside out.

A quick online search reveals that other places have other traditions  Here are a few

1. Place an ice cube in the toilet and flush it (one for each inch of snow you want). Alternatively, I also found a site that says to flush six ice cubes. It was also very clear that it must be ice cubes, not crushed ice.

2.  Several sites suggested sleeping with a spoon under your pillow.

3. Run around the kitchen table five times before bed (and chanting “I want it to snow” three times in a row).

4.  Eat ice cream for dinner.

5.  Do a snow dance on your front yard (while wearing your PJ’s inside out).

6.  Go to the freezer and open the door and dance singing SNOW DAY, SNOW DAY, SNOW DAY!

7. Put a spoon in the freezer.

8.  Put a white crayon in the freezer. Then,  put it under your pillow when you go to bed.

I am not doing any of these tonight, but who knows how I might feel later in the week.

11 Responses to “Snow Day Rituals”

  1. Karen Filewych February 20, 2018 at 6:10 am #

    Your post made me laugh out loud! I wish we could share some of our snow with you. We have plenty! And a snow day… no such thing where I live!

  2. arjeha February 20, 2018 at 6:36 am #

    I have heard some of these ways to make a snow day but not all of them. Thanks for the chuckle. Of course, being retired snow days don’t have the same meaning for me anymore. Hope you get yours.

  3. Wondering and Wandering February 20, 2018 at 6:37 am #

    I really am laughing out loud because this is usually our life here in New England, but it was 50 yesterday, due to be 60 today, and possibly 70 tomorrow! My rituals are to stock up on Kraft Mac and Cheese, microwave popcorn, and Twizzlers. I also pack lunches, lay out clothes, and prep coffee, just so I’m ready!

  4. elsie February 20, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    I understand your need for a snow day. 🙂 Sometimes you just need that day as a reset button. My snow day tradition was to wear a snowman necklace to entice the snow to come. Sometimes it worked. Now I’m wondering where that necklace is.

  5. readingteachsu February 20, 2018 at 8:02 am #

    Awesome post! Already thinking about how I can steal this format next month for some other rituals. LOL! Apparently there is some app or website that is a snow day calculator. It’s very popular locally. We have had a snow day, but amazingly today (vacation) is 65 and sunny.

  6. arlsvera February 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Until I worked for the school system, I never realized how much the staff hopes for a snow day! Maybe if we collectively do all the things on your list, we will get a day off?!

    • Ramona February 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

      My daughter-in-law introduced me to the sleep with a spoon under your pillow tradition. It worked the one time I tried it! I always wore snow themed clothing to school when I wanted a snow day. One year we had such a snowstorm that my principal threatened to burn the offending snow shirt!

  7. terierrol February 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    So wish I could send you some of our snow- we have had plenty. We are enjoying a February thaw, warm 60s, even if it is not sunny!

  8. Brian Rozinsky February 20, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    Necessity is the mother of superstition? I especially enjoyed your slice after 8+ inches of snow slathered these parts last night into Monday morning. For most here, school proceeded unimpeded.

  9. Former Student February 21, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

    As one of your former students, I CANNOT imagine you dancing outside with your PJs inside out. Or eating ice cream for dinner. For some reason, I feel like you would be against eating ice cream for dinner.

    • Adrienne February 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

      I am TOTALLY in favor of ice cream for dinner once in a while – especially if there is something to celebrate. But it should definitely not happen frequently.

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