Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


January 12, 2014

White magic


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Many children around the two Virginias are practicing white magic to ensure a snow day. Christmas is gone and the magic of the Elf on the Shelf has been packed away for another year. So many families are creating a bit of winter magic. Parents and children are flushing ice cubes, putting spoons under their pillows and much more on the night before a snowstorm.

Angela Neal, a Mercer County teacher and mother of two, said her children will wear their pajamas inside out.

“Zack learned from his kindergarten teacher to wear his pajamas inside out, flush three ice cubes down the toilet while doing a lil’ snow dance and then sleep with a spoon under his pillow,” Neal said. “It is working.”

Kendra Kelly, from Princeton, helped her 4-year-old son Jake flush three ice cubes down the toilet last week. The next morning, Kelly said her son was slightly confused.

“... “Jake got up and I told him, ‘look at the snow’ ... he said, ‘that came from the toilet last night?’,” Kelly said.

Princeton resident Kelly Patel has a different way to approach the possibility of a snow day.

“Pack lunches and get everything ready for school the next day. If we are ready to go, then school will be cancelled,” she said.

Mercer County Schools have had five snow days this winter. They lost two instructional days last week during the arctic blast. With more than 60 days till spring, children in the two Virginias will have several more chances to practice white magic. Here are a few other superstitious snow tricks for children (and maybe teachers too).

Put a white crayon in the freezer.

Throw ice cubes at a tree outside.

Wearing pajamas, spin around 10 times in each direction.

Stick something silver under your pillow.

Sleep backward in the bed (head to foot).

Do all your homework.

Put a snowball in the freezer.

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