When you live in Alabama, as I do, a snow day is usually something you read about in novels or see on the news. They just don't happen that often.
While we tend to have at least one snowfall each winter, there might only be enough to build a Barbie-sized snowman, and even that is usually melted by the time naps are over. (Full disclosure: I can remember a few full-fledged snowstorms, but thankfully, those aren't the norm.)
Maybe it's my southern upbringing, but I like it this way. I enjoy neither frigid temps nor the bulky outerwear that comes with it. Plus, just the possibility of flurries three hours north of my city is enough to send everyone into a crazed frenzy, causing a shortage of milk and bread.
Despite my location and aversion to cold weather, the idea of a snow day appeals to me with images of frolicking through fluffy white snow while building carrot-nosed snowmen as tall as me and, then coming in for a mug of hot chocolate and an afternoon movie marathon. There are no ice storms, white-out conditions or any other unfortunate predicaments that might interrupt the beauty of this snowy scene.
I understand my vision is probably not how typical snow days play out, which is why it's much better to create one myself. I get the luxury of choosing when it happens without watching the weather forecast. And, I can plan how it happens.
Translation: we stay inside.
First, I set the scene. I would love to cover the floors in blanket of faux snow, but I'm much too tired at the end of the day to deal with that. I'll settle for a pile of cotton balls on the dining table and coffee filter snowflakes falling from the chandelier. Maybe, we'll even make a snowflake garland out of them.
The dining room is where most of the snow day action takes place anyway, and it starts with lunch -- themed, of course.
snowman-shaped cheese quesadillas with pretzel arms and raisin buttons
snow cream (vanilla yogurt with sprinkles)
popcorn covered in melted snow (white chocolate)
hot chocolate if it's actually cold, otherwise just milk
Next, it's time to play in the snow, or, in our case, snow dough. I use a basic recipe for homemade play dough but add mint extract and white glitter to the mix.
With snowmen and snowflake cookie cutters, my girls and I can create a magical winter wonderland -- or, at least, a winter mess -- in no time.
After that, it's movie time, maybe Frosty the Snowman or an Ice Age flick.
I once saw an idea to have a snowball fight with rolled-up socks. Since I wash a dozen pairs of white sports socks each week, I know we have plenty of supplies to create a massive indoor snowball fight should the movie become too long or unentertaining.
At the end of the day, we have seen the snow fall (on television), played in our homemade version and even pretended to eat some.
It is far from real and much less exciting than an actual day in the snow, I'm sure. But, my daughters are young and think it's all fun. Plus, the mess it produces is relatively easy to clean up.
It's a snow day just right for this Southern girl.