Friday, December 12, 2008

Let It Snow!

As much as I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I find myself yearning for stillness these days. For even just one night, I want everyone to stay home, snuggled up before a crackling fire to sip hot chocolate and read some of our favorite storybooks while the world goes on without us.

This weary mom wants a snow day!

Of course, my southern children long for snow too. So even if our Alabama weather will not cooperate, I have a plan for taking a snow day someday soon. With our full holiday schedule, this party may have to wait until the new year. But sharing a special evening together might be a good way to combat post-holiday boredom in the long winter nights to come. Maybe these ideas will inspire a snow day at your house too!

This party was inspired by snowman sandwiches I saw in a family magazine a couple of years ago. The beauty of this meal is its playful take on a simple supper. A few thoughtful touches elevate the humble soup-and-sandwich combination to a memorable party.

For the above meal, I sprinkled powdered sugar onto a dinner plate to create a light dusting of snow. Cookie-cutter sandwiches form the body and head of a snowman, and carrots, sprinkles and chocolate chips add details. (Pretzels work well for the arms, but I didn't have any when I assembled this plate.) A hat and scarf cut from scrapbook paper add whimsy, while extra-special touches like gluing a pom-pom to the hat, writing a name on the scarf, and cutting fringe on the ends of the scarf add those extra-special touches.

A mug of soup positioned alongside the snowman looks inviting on a cold winter day. I used vegetable soup for the photo above, but for our upcoming snow day nothing would delight my children more than for me to open a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

To make the most of our snow day, the children will be snuggling up in these ... .

Cute snowman pajamas from Lakeside Collection will keep the children warm throughout the winter, and at only $7.95 each I can afford to dress all four alike. And once in our PJs, we'll be ready for this ... .

I found this book, Christmas Magic by Michael Garland, in the clearance section of a local bookstore. This will be a great read during our snow day.

Of course, we'll have all the supplies we need for our snow day: soft blankets for keeping out the chill; hot chocolate piled high with marshmallows for melting our troubles; and the ones we love most drawn close to warm our hearts.

So when the busyness of this hectic season overwhelms you and you feel the need to slow down and rest, don't despair. Just let it snow!

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