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In Appreciation of Snow Days

Updated on May 23, 2017
After a January snowstorm.
After a January snowstorm. | Source


Recently there was a snow day in Southeastern Connecticut due to bad weather. This meant that the schools were closed for the day, and kids stayed home. Snow and ice combine for some very messy and unsafe driving. Each Winter, if we are fortunate, area schools have between two to five snow days when school is canceled for the whole day. There are other days that school is delayed ninety minutes to two hours due to bad weather, but this article will be dedicated to full day school cancellation...otherwise known as "snow days.". While school is a very important function in a child's life, snow days serve a very important function as well. Snow days are an unexpected chance to relax, get extra sleep and have fun.Even children who don't seem to have very harried lives often do comparatively speaking. Pressures of tests, grades, getting along with peers, fitting into the latest fashion and beauty trends, boyfriend/girlfriend issues and a whole myriad of other tensions, unfortunately, have a place in many of our children's lives. Getting a one day reprieve from all those pressures are a wonderful chance for children to just relax for a day.

What's a Snow Day Like?

Imagine as an adult, waking up and finding the land outside your window covered with six to twelve inches of beautiful, white fluffy snow, and receiving a phone call from your boss saying you don't have to show up for work because the roads are too icy and dangerous. I am sure you can think of many enjoyable things you can do during your unexpected day off. That is what like having a snow day is for children. They can get a break from their routine, and enjoy things they don't normally get to do during the week. They can:

- stay in the pajamas all morning while watching television

- Dress warmly and go outside to play with siblings and neighborhood children in the snow, building snowmen and snow forts.

- Come in from the cold, maybe after shoveling the driveway ( okay, this one is not so much fun) and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

- Bake cookies with mom and eat them too!

- Catch up on homework they may have been behind on.

- Cuddle up with their dog and read a good book.

- Play video games.

- Make maple syrup snow cones by packing fresh snow into a cup and pouring maple syrup over it when they come inside.

Snow Days for Parents/Adults

This can also hold true for parents who either are home with their children or work in a school.For parents who are home with their children, snow days are great fun as well. They can:

- Sleep late because their children most likely are as well.

-Take a break from the crazy and harried morning routines of getting kids up, making sure they have their necessities for school organized, and driving them to school or making sure they get on the bus on time.

- Enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee while reading the paper at the breakfast table on a weekday.

- Have time to tackle a household project they were trying to find time for.

- Work on a hobby.

- Bake cookies with the kids.

- Take a walk in the silent falling beautiful white snow and enjoying a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate when returning to the house.

This list works just as well for teachers or school personnel who have children, who also have the day off from school. If they don't have kids, a snow day provides them with the opportunity to do any of the above that don't involve children, plus

- If the weather clears, they can meet a friend or a parent for lunch.

- Go shopping which they never have time for during the week.

- Catch up on anything they don't usually have time for.

- Light a fire in the fireplace and curl up with a blanket and a good book.

I am a huge fan of snow days as you can probably tell by now. I work for Kelly Educational Services as a substitute teacher and for the past few months have been a permanent sub in one school. I enjoy this work very much. My husband was quite surprised at my reaction to the recent snow day we had. He mentioned to me that he hadn't heard such excitement about a snow day since there were teens in the house. I am happy to live in New England in Winter and to have been able to enjoy snow days for many years. First, as a child, and now for the last eight years of working in area school systems.

Today is February 18th, 2014 and we are experiencing another day of snow, after three storms last week. At this point, I may be the only adult in Connecticut that still loves snow!

My wish for each of you readers is that you can someday enjoy the unexpected joy and beauty of a snow day!



Here's a great crafts kit for kids in a snowy day, if you don't have time to find the materials yourself

Walking in the woods on a snow day can be a very beautiful and peaceful experience.
Walking in the woods on a snow day can be a very beautiful and peaceful experience. | Source
Building a snowman on a snow day is great fun!
Building a snowman on a snow day is great fun! | Source

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, it was pretty bad here The Cranberry Barn. We got about 16 inches where I live. We lost power for 2 days and the temperature in our house got down to 47 degrees. It was an adventure, to say the least. Is till love snow though. On Tuesday, March 19th we had a delay day due to snow and ice...I loved it. My last chance to sleep late on a school day this year I am sure! My husband thinks I am way too enthusiastic about snow days as an adult! I think I am in the same boat as you!

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      TheCranberryBarn 4 years ago from Lake Katrine, NY

      I swear I love snow days more as a teacher, than I did as a kid! Either way, they're tons of fun. A little unexpected down time is always a beautiful thing! How are you making out with our recent "Nemo" blizzard. Connecticut was hit pretty hard. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Today is another snow day in Connecticut. All schools in the area were closed as of last night for this morning. at 1:17 p.m. we have had about 2 inches of snow, but the worst is yet to come. They are predicting a total of 8 to 12 inches in my area on the coast of Connecticut, and up near Hartford, the prediction is 2 feet! They predict blizzard conditions for tonight, and the snow is not expected to stop until around noon tomorrow. Yippee! This is the epitomy of a snow day!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Irenevosburgh,

      So glad it brought back good memories for you. I don't know what's better, remembering my own snow days as a child, or the ones my kids and I shared together! Thanks for your comment.

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      Irenevosburgh 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Reading this HUB brought me back to not only my own childhood but also the wonderful snow days I enjoyed with my own kids.

      Ahhhh....those were the days.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Glad you at least had a chance to experience a few snow days with your kids. Wonderful memories from those days way back when! Cold fingers, toes and noses, and hot chocolate are what I remember most! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Arline,

      Wow, that's a great idea. I wish I had thought of that when my kids were little. Hopefully all the parents out there will read your comment and start scrapbooks for their snow days! We should get together to finish those scrapbooks! I have been meaning to start one for all 3 of my kids who have graduated from high school now! We have our work cut out for us!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      alwaysamber,

      Oh, I am so sorry you have never had the chance to experience a snow day. They are wonderful. There's a lot to be said for warm weather too, but I love my snow.

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      alwaysamber 4 years ago

      I wish that there were snow days where I'm from! Heck, I wish that there was a snow flurry in the sky! It's 78 degrees and sunny here. I seriously thought for a moment that I'd somehow wondered off to Florida. The last time that snow was seen here was in 2009 or 2010. The weather called for it a few weeks ago, but it never happened..instead, the sunscreen came out. You never know what it'll be like from day to day. Gotta love Louisiana!

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      Arline 4 years ago

      I had a box for each kid with photos, craft supplies, etc. and a big " My school days" scrapbook for each of them to work on during snow days. Those boxes are still in progress since we did not have enough snow days! They are both beyond graduation now ! Looks like Mom will have to finish their childhood scrapbooks for them and give them as gifts some day.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Snow days are rare in southeast Washington compared to the Greater Seattle Area because the locals are more adept at driving in snow, and there's less traffic overall. However, I do remember a couple of times when our children were still in grade school when snow day presented a terrific opportunity to pack up the sleds and hit the popular slopes for some quality family recreation time. Before the kids were born, I remember spending snow days on the jogging trail(s), returning with icicles on my sideburns and mustache after a five mile run. Nowadays, snow days afford me the opportunity to do some writing. Thanks, Karen, for a wonderful and timely seasonal commentary on this special holiday that Mother Nature graciously gives us every now and then.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Crazy days driving in the snow! Today we had an early dismissal due to snow and I couldn't get my car tires to turn into my road. I ended up sliding right past the road and had to stop and back up! I do love it though!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Remember snow days in Wisconsin. Also remember driving the kids to school when there was snow, snow and more snow. I was turning to the street of the school and one of my kids told me not to turn there. Luckily, I listened and kept driving. I found out later I would have driven into someone's ditch!