Family Holiday Tradition: Take a Snow Day
Explore the winter wonderland outside your frosted windowpane by gathering the family for a delightful day in the great outdoors. No snow? No problem. We have a flurry of ideas, presented by our friends at Folgers, for anyone craving chilly fun!
Let It Snow
- Build a snowman. Whether you’re on Team Frosty or Team Olaf, there’s something about building a snowman that brings a smile to everyone’s face. Have each family member create a “mini-me” or work together on a larger-than-life snow sculpture.
- Go sledding. Nothing will make you feel like a kid again like an exhilarating sledding run. Keep your nearest and dearest safe by choosing a wide-open hill that’s appropriate for all family members. Dress warmly (tuck in items like scarves), wear a helmet and remind everyone how to properly sit on a sled. Ready? It’s go time!
- Build a crackling backyard bonfire. Clear a spot for a movable fire pit or build a bonfire directly on the ground if you have space to burn. Take a walk in the woods beforehand and let the kids gather kindling. Hay bales make cozy benches for snuggling.
Bring It Inside
- Set up a hot beverage bar. Brew coffee for adults and hot chocolate for kiddos. Dip mug rims in melted chocolate and graham cracker crumbs or crushed nuts. Set out flavored coffee enhancers or creamers, plus small bowls of marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and candy canes.
- Make paper snowflakes. Even your youngest elf can get in on this simple craft. Fold a square of paper diagonally into a triangle. Fold in half again to make a smaller triangle. Repeat. Cut triangles, half hearts, circles and other shapes along the outer edges. Unfold and tape your masterpieces to windows and walls, or hang from the ceiling. Those looking for more complicated designs can find dozens of tutorials online.
- Make a snow globe. With a hot glue gun, adhere a plastic holiday figurine to the inside lid of a glass jar. Fill the jar with water or glycerin and glitter. Tightly screw the lid back on, submerging the figurine. Shake and watch the “snow” fly!
- Have an indoor snowball fight. Wrap white yarn around foam balls or make homemade pompoms for “snowballs” that look like the real thing but are safe to throw indoors. Short on time? Form crumpled or shredded white paper into balls, roll up sport socks or use large marshmallows. You can also check online or at your local craft store for indoor snowball fight kits that are ready to go when you are.
Originally Published: November 17, 2015