Snow season is coming for the Northern Hemisphere and with it comes a deep desire to hibernate, seek heat and warmth, and even play and romp in fresh snowfall. If you want to claim an adult snow day, here's a great plan -
Once you have established you are not going into work, keep your warm jammies and socks on. Trek into the kitchen and heat up some cocoa with a bit of spice as you consider your options today -
I keep Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation on hand because it's not that pale-tasting stuff you usually get, but truly really chocolate tasting. But, I also like punching it up with some spice. I add a sprinkle of ginger powder, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne for some heat - it does magical things.
When it's snow season, consider having some homemade stirrers on hand. I make my own.
Take a plastic spoon and dip into peanut butter or melted white chocolate, milk or dark chocolate and then sprinkle with chips, mini marshmallows, or candied ginger. When they are set, I wrap up the ends in saran wrap with a ribbon tie and stand them up in a coffee mug at my coffee station. These make great gifts with a cocoa mix in a Mason jar and can work for cocoa or coffee!
"Snow Days" is an excellent movie choice. Consider putting that on and enjoying recapturing those snow day feelings of childhood where you own the day and nothing is expected of you but to tuck in warmly or go out and adventure.
Decide - are you an innie or an outtie? Do you want to stay warm and safe and tuck in or do you want to go out and explore and be a child again?
Do you want to hibernate in a hot bath? Epsom salt mixed with essential oil scents, and some coconut oil and you have a hydrating, relaxing bath beyond belief. Turn the lights out, light some candles along the counter, and enjoy the flickering light. Add some music. I'd consider this -
Consider re-exploring your love of music, especially instrumental music or even opera. Play it and feel it throughout your body. Pull out a sketchbook or a pile of unread books and dig right in. If you're feeling particularly lazy, try a jigsaw puzzle or crossword puzzle.
Don't want to go back in to get warmed up? Make a neighbor gathering place - a bonfire -
This can be a fun idea at the top of a sledding hill. Everyone can warm up before they jump on the sled and head down.
Take your camera on a hike through the woods and capture the untouched beauty with the lens. Instagram them and share a walk in the woods with others....
Help build a snow fort for the kids.
Don't forget to reinforce it. Some folks like to make blocks with Tupperware bins or shoe boxes -
This is fine if you want a fort to hide behind while doing a snowball fight, but if you want a little igloo, you might try the way we made them as kids. Start with a tight snowball about the size of a basketball and roll it downhill or around on the round, picking up more snow until it's about the size of a car tire's height. Make a circle with a space for an opening. Stack alternating balls atop them and use 2x6 boards across the top in a square shape, to support further balls and more boards to hold the very top balls.
As cool as this fort is (below), be sure to reinforce the interior against collapse.
No matter what you decide to do when it snows, if you get a day off or you give yourself a day off, hibernate or explore, but be sure that whatever you do, you thank the snow for an excuse to remember what it's like to hear your school district is closed for the day!