We may tire of salt-covered streets and iced-over windshields, but there are two words that can brighten the eyes of even the most winter-exhausted face: “snow day.” Whether it was an unexpected day off of school as a kid or just a break from the office life as an adult, some of our favorite winter memories have come from snow days.
Of course, you never know when a snow day might come—and they are a precious resource you don’t want to waste. Below is a handy guide for spending your next snow day right.
The first step is simple: stay in bed. Give yourself that rare adult chance to sleep in, or take the opportunity to zone out on your phone while still under the sheets. If you really have to answer an email, be sure to do it in your flannel pajamas.
At some point, coffee will call. Throw on some flannel pajama pants you can stay in all day and top it off with a cozy fleece robe. Sneak downstairs in your soft slippers—you don’t want to awake anyone still sleeping in—and get started on coffee. You’ll agree with our observation that coffee somehow tastes better when there’s nothing pushing you out the door.
With no reason to rush, take some time admiring the fresh snowfall and transformed landscape outside your window. It’s so still, beautiful, and unmarked that you may want to step out on the porch for a better look—and to see if the paper’s arrived. Don some cozy fleece slippers to keep Jack Frost from nipping at those toes, or a pair of slip-resistant slippers if there’s ice.
When the time comes to really explore that winter wonderland, reach for your warmest winter coat, snow pants and slip-resistant boots (waterproof boots if there’s any sign of sleet). Take a walk around the neighborhood to see if any kids have found the best sledding hills, or if any snowmen have moved into local yards. If you see any snowman construction in progress, pitch in by bringing over that carrot that’s been sitting in the fridge.
The perfect snow day should end where all the best days do—on the couch. You’ll be curled up with that book you’ve been meaning to finish, or finally laying eyes on that streaming show you’ve been avoiding spoilers for. You’ve gotten dressed—a bit—as you’ve kept on the flannel pajama pants but added a soft, warm turtleneck. There’s a cozy throw over your lap, and next to it, a bowl of popcorn. Maybe you switch to TV to check the weather: you could get used to this.