How to Make the Most Out of Your Snow Day



Taken by Logan McDonald

Logan McDonald, Staff Writer

We all love snow days; they give us all a well-deserved break. Snow days truly are a fantastic way to break up a busy school week. It’s nice to stay home every once in a while. There are so many fun ways to spend your snow day, so this article will recommend just a few of those awesome ways you can spend your snow days. Now, because of COVID-19, snow days might look a little different, but this article will help you still have fun whether in between Zooms or enjoying a traditional school free snow day.

One of the best ways to start off your snow day is by sleeping in! Even with zoom calls you can sleep in because you don’t have to drive to school. For some people, depending on how far you live from school you might get to sleep in an extra half hour! While for others it might only be 15 minutes, sleeping in is sleeping in, even if it is only for five minutes. Sleep is so important for everyone. It is well known that every night you should be getting around eight hours of sleep, but between school, homework, and extracurriculars a lot of us probably aren’t getting that amount. So, snow days can be a great way to catch up on some sleep.

Another fun way to spend your snow day is by watching some movies. You can check the Gateway for a great list of Christmas movie recommendations. Either by yourself, with your family, or friends sitting on the sofa with a soft blanket, watching a favorite movie is a fantastic way to spend your special break. During a Zoom day you can use your lunch break as a movie break! You can grab a soda and some popcorn and sit back and relax while watching one of your favorite movies before logging back into Zoom. Whether watching a new movie or an old favorite, watching a movie is a great traditional way to spend your chilly break.

Hot chocolate is also a snow day must have. There is nothing better than watching the snow fall while drinking a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. Almost everyone loves hot chocolate; it is a snow day favorite. There are so many delicious ways to top your hot chocolate whether you prefer marshmallows or whipped cream. While all hot chocolate is delicious, I personally find that Trader Joe’s hot chocolate is the best! Also, in between Zoom classes there is just enough time to make a warm mug of hot chocolate that you can then enjoy during your classes.

Baking is a wonderful way to spend your snow days. There are so many yummy recipes to make, whether you make a traditional recipe or try something new; baking is a great way to spend your snow day. If you are making a more complicated recipe where the dough needs to rest a bit you could make the dough before your Zoom class, then have it rest while you are in class. This strategy also works well for cookies that need to sit in the refrigerator for a bit before baking. You could also make cookies and put them in the oven right before your Zoom call so after you’re done with your class you can have warm freshly made cookies!

When it is snowing, and the weather is cold, sometimes it is nice to just sit inside and read a good book. This one is a very simple and very amazing way to spend your snow days. School and other extracurriculars can be fun but they can also be stressful so, it is relaxing to step away from all the busyness for a short time and read. You can keep your book right next to your computer so during the few minutes in between Zoom classes you can read a few pages. Snow days can be fun, but they can also be cold! So, it is wonderful to put on a warm NDP sweatshirt, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and read a good book.

Finally, the most traditional way to spend your snow day: outside! It is a snow day after all. Going outside can be so much fun. With either your siblings or neighbors, you can all get together and have a snowball fight! If there is enough snow you could make a snowman. If there is not enough snow for a full snowman you can make a mini one by just stacking some snowballs. If you layer up with a sweater, jacket, and hat, you can go on a little walk within the beautiful winter wonderland. When walking through the snow, it is quite wonderful to see your neighborhood through a different snow-covered lens. You can go outside in the snow during your lunch break then be back inside in time for your next Zoom lesson.

We all love snow days. It’s nice to stay home and sleep in. As seen within this article, there are so many fun ways to spend these special breaks, from watching a movie to having an epic snowball fight. Snow days serve as a well-deserved break. Between school, homework, and extracurricular activities, we can all use one. Now, snow days might look a little different with all the Zoom calls, but that doesn’t mean your break can’t be filled with fun. Whether your snow day is filled with Zooms or not, you can still have a fantastic time enjoying your snow-filled break.