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Snow Day Memories


Sure doesn’t look much like spring in my neck of the woods. We woke up to a blanket of snow. It’s gorgeous! And as a bonus, the powers in the school district actually canceled school. You can imagine the rejoicing. Even my younger kiddos who are still homeschooled did a few jumps for joy. Though I would have given them time to play in the snow, the girls were thrilled that their brothers could stay home too.


When I was in middle school, I lived with my dad and his family. Our house was at a high elevation and snow came on thick. One of my greatest memories are of sledding down the steep driveway on sheets of aluminum (I think that’s what it was) recycled from our local newspaper printer.


The road would mash down until it became like ice allowing us to pick up speed. Eventually the aluminum would wear away and our bottoms became the sled.


When our hands were frozen and the plastic bags in our boots had given out and let water in, we’d hike back to the house and strip off the layers of wet clothes. Once bundled up in warm sweat suits, we’d sip hot chocolate and watch the snow from the window.


What do you remember from snow days?

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Jessie Gunderson

    I think I just made one of my favorite memories. Hubby built me a fire yesterday because we have snow again, like you, and when I went to get wood I noticed two of my horses out. They were helping themselves to hay in the barn. I went back in and stoked the fire then turned around to see them standing on the patio ogling me like, “Hey we want warm too.” Here are pictures http://jessiegunderson.com/?p=3145

    My other favorite memory was sledding at a friends cattle ranch in Alberta Canada. Huge hill! Scary but wide open and so so fun. 🙂

  • Gramma

    We made snow pigs…(60+ yrs ago) We’d start rolling the huge base for the snow man and find it way to big for the middle which was also too heavy to lift. Using the creativity of kids we ended up with a side yard full of snow pigs…all with snouts, ears and curly tales.
    While hunting, when Jason was small, we’d often end up with snow. Sometimes we’d take the saucers but usually the boys would grab any pan/cookie sheets they could find in the trailer and turn them into sleds or boots to slid down all the hills around camp.
    Wish I could still participate in those fun times but now we just smile through the stories created by our grandkids!

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