It was too late for a white Christmas, but the snow finally came to Michigan. With the exception of a small southeast corner near Detroit, we all have some white stuff covering the ground. Ski resorts are open and buzzing with activity. Kids are out sledding on their favorite hills. Snowmobilers are hitting the trails.
Now that winter finally showed up, children have renewed hope of getting a snow day or two off from school. Some may even be wishing for a snowstorm Sunday night to prolong Christmas break. There are a lot of legends and superstitions about “rituals” that will make it snow and keep the big yellow buses off the roads. We can’t guarantee any of these methods work, but if you want to skip class or just want to build a snowman, you can give one of these a try.
1. Inside-out, Backward PJs
One of the most well-known rituals states that if you go to bed wearing inside-out, backward pajamas it will snow. Maybe if enough kids do this the collective incongruity upsets the atmosphere and makes it snow? Or maybe some clever parent was ready to end a long winter day and just wanted their kids to go to sleep. So they told them they would have a snow day if they turned their PJs inside out, put them on backward and went to bed. Sounds like a plan!
2. Spoon Under the Pillow
Another legend requires participants to put a spoon under their pillow before they go to sleep. It doesn’t matter what kind of spoon. It can be plastic, metal or wood and any size. This recalls the old wives tale of putting a knife under the bed of a woman in labor to cut the pain. Does it work? Maybe. Do we see a pattern that seems to have something to do with getting kids to go to sleep? Yep.
3. Snow Dance
This is a legitimate Native American ceremony performed by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado. A ski resort there claims it has worked for them in the past. Will it work for Michiganders? Who knows, but here’s a video if you want to give it a try.
4. White Crayon in the Freezer
This ritual is a two-stepper. First, you have to put a white crayon in the freezer. Then, guess what you do with it? You put it under your pillow when you go to bed. Hmm, see number 1 and 2.
5. Place Ice Cubes on the Porch
Just like it sounds, you put ice cubes outside on your porch. It doesn’t specify an amount. Maybe the more ice cubes, the more snow? You could try using a couple big bags of ice from the gas station if you’re hankering for a blizzard.
6. Flush Ice Cubes Down the Toilet
Instead of throwing them out on the porch for Dad to slip on when he leaves for work the next morning, you can try flushing ice cubes down the toilet. This is also one of the more well-known snow day rituals.
7. Run Around the Dining Table Five Times Before Bed
This one is pretty straightforward too. You run circles around your kitchen table five times, then go to bed. Sounds like a good way to tucker out kids who were stuck in the house all day because of bad weather, so either way, it’s worth a try.
You’ll have to test these theories for yourself to see if they work. Let us know if you have any success.