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Silver Spoons and Inside Out Clothes: Rituals for Snow Days!

On February 3, 2005

What if wearing your pajamas inside out or sleeping with a spoon under your pillow could cancel classes? It might sound crazy but for some Sacred Heart students it is a tradition done every time there might be a chance of snow. Snow day rituals start when you are a kid and, though most won't admit it stay with you for the rest of your student career. Some have never heard of them and others swear by them. So the big question is: What snow day superstitions are still up held by the Sacred Heart students?Surprisingly most students have never heard of winter traditions. Brianna Plosky, a junior from Middletown, laughed at the question, "I've never heard of any snow day superstitions, I don't think doing silly things will change the weather."Diana Smith, a junior, from Elmont, NY had at least given one a try. "I remember once when I was in elementary school a friend of mine told me to sleep with a spoon under my pillow, I didn't believe it would work but I did it anyway. We still had school the next day. That was the first and last time I did anything like that."Luckily, I was able to find some true believers amongst Sacred Heart students. Sarah Decker, a junior from Wappingers Falls, NY had a routine of her own, "When I was little I used to call all my friends before bed and make sure everyone remembered to wear their PJ's inside out and backwards. That was my ritual every time the forecast predicted any snow. My friends from home and I still try to persuade others till this day."Lauren Williams, a junior from Monroe, believes in the power of white. "I place a white crayon in the freezer and then before I go to bed I throw it under my pillow. It's worked for me loads of times. Maybe I'm just lucky." Many people are believers in these rituls some others have shared traditions with siblings, like sleeping on the opposite ends of their beds, with their feet down where their heads are supposed to be, every time the word snow was mentioned. Although these activities are fun and practiced by many the skepticism still remains. Do any of these rituals actually have an effect on classes being cancelled? Or is the weather something we have no control over? However it seems safe to say that it just depends on who you ask.

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