The beloved 6 AM phone call from Wayde Byard marks yet another start to a great day. School has been canceled due to inclement weather. Apart from getting a few extra hours of sleep, getting snowed-in means having to find ways to occupying oneself. Some people love going outside and playing in the snow; however, others hate the cold, frozen wasteland of winter. Whether or not you love winter, you can still feel merry and bright while you enjoy your day off.
For those who do not wish to freeze to death, there are plenty of fun activities to engage in while indoors. One of the most popular and relaxing activities is baking. Baking fills your home with pleasant, warm smells, and gives bakers the chance to show off their skills.
Snowball Cookies: A simply tasty and festive recipe that can be made in no time are snowball cookies. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F°. Mix 1 cup of butter, ½ a cup of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla together in a large bowl. Add 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt to the butter mixture and mix it all together. Chill the dough if it is too soft. Form tablespoon sized balls with your hands, then place on a baking sheet. Bake snowball cookies for 7-8 minutes until bottoms are slightly brown. Remove from oven and roll cookies around in a bowl of powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Decorate: Another festive snowed-in activity can be to decorating for the holidays. The weather outside is frightful, but the inside will be delightful. Hang lights over the windows, around the banister, and anywhere else that needs a little more dazzle. Cut out paper snowflakes and string them together. Write holiday greeting letters to friends and
family members. People love receiving handwritten letters around this time of year.
Make a Fort: Of course if you do decide to stay indoors, a snow day wouldn’t be complete without a pillow fort and movie marathon. After locating the perfect spot for a fort, lay a huge blanket over the main base of the fortress. The base could be a table, a couch, or even just two chairs. Taking two more chairs place them four feet apart in line with the edge of the two sides of the base. Then take another huge blanket and drape it over the top of the base and the two chairs. The fort is complete and now makes a comfortable spot to kick back, relax, and watch Christmas movies to get in the holiday spirit.
Create an Ice Lantern: For those who love breathing in the fresh, bitter cold air, there are still plenty of fun activities to do outside. A great way to impress the neighbors with outdoor decor is to create ice globe lanterns. These are giant domes of ice that you can put a small candle inside of. The process is very simple and the results are magical. Step one: fill a large balloon with water. Leave enough room to seal off the balloon’s opening. Step two: Carefully place the filled balloon into a deep bowl. Step three: Place the bowl and balloon in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or outside if it’s cold enough. Step four: Once the balloon’s water has become frozen solid, carefully cut the balloon off of the ice sphere. Let the excess water empty from the orb. Step five: Drill a small hole on the opposite side of the ice ball for the flame’s heat to escape. Step six: Place a small lit candle under the lantern outside. Done!
Go Sledding: Keeping with the tradition of an outdoor snow day, sledding is the perfect activity to get the blood pumping. Dust off the old sleds from last year and get going. If sledding doesn’t sound fun snow tubing is always an option as well. Put the inner tubes from summer to good use and take a ride on the wild side. Make sure to bundle up and have protection from injuries. The snow hides many things when going down a hill at high speeds.
Although winter seems to last an eternity, there are still plenty of things for both snow bunnies and Bah Humbugs to do, while being stuck at home.