Snow enthusiasts embark on their favorite tricks and superstitions in hopes of a day off from school. “Whenever it is supposed to snow, I wear my pajamas backwards and inside out. In the fourth grade I was so determined to get a snow day, I forced my entire family into wearing their pajamas backwards and inside out. Thankfully, it worked and school was canceled the next day,” freshman Jolie Graham said.
Students find themselves performing tasks that are out of the ordinary, to say the least. The most well known superstitions include: sleeping with a spoon under the pillow, flushing ice cubes down the toilet, wearing pajamas backwards as well as inside out, brushing teeth using only the non-dominant hand, putting a spoon in the freezer, and eating ice cream the night before it is predicted to snow.
While these rituals may seem ridiculous or unnecessary, a handful of these superstitions have been around for a long while. The task of an individual going to sleep with a spoon underneath the pillow has been rumored with a date marking back to the time of the Pilgrims.“In my kindergarten class, I remember hearing that the idea of placing a spoon under your pillow was started by the Pilgrims and is used to better the chances that it will snow. I try my best to remember to place a spoon under my pillow the night before, because I believe in the superstitions. It is always worth a shot if it means school might get canceled,” senior Ceth Solwazi said.
When it comes to choosing the best superstition, students find themselves unable to choose one. “Every night before it snows, I go full out with the superstitions. I don’t think I would ever be able to choose a favorite superstition. I take a spoon and put it in the freezer and then I put it under my pillow. After I put it under my pillow, I throw a bunch of ice cubes outside of my house and I even wear my pajamas inside out,” junior Riya Kohli said.
Since snow in our community is unpredictable, students take advantage of the rareness. This is where the superstitions come into play. “A few weeks ago before it was scheduled to snow, my friends and I had a sleepover at my house and we all wore our pajamas backwards and inside out. In the morning when we woke up, it was snowing like crazy and school was canceled. From now on, I am wearing my pajamas backwards and inside out,” sophomore Emily Levine said.