For the first 12 years of my life I grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, a city that sits on the shore of Lake Michigan.  I have nothing but fond memories of snow, because I was too young to have to work in the snow, warm up a car in the snow, clean iced-over windshields in the snow, or drive in the snow.  I was fortunate enough to simply enjoy snow.

Since then, I have lived mostly in southern climates (Arkansas & Texas), and snow sometimes comes only once a winter.  Anyone can endure some of the frustrating effects of snow when weighed against the many benefits of snow…

Here are some reasons you should love snow as I do:

  1. It’s beautiful. Breathtaking. Serene.
  2. There’s something about waking up and knowing it has snowed in the night simply by the way the light is reflected into a room through the window blinds.
  3. It’s cold. This is great because you can always put on more clothes to keep warm. Summer heat? Eh, you can only take off so many clothes in public. Just sayin’.
  4. God made it. On purpose.
  5. God makes each and every snowflake unique.  he made each one of us people unique, too!
  6. Snow forces people to stay home and get in touch with their inner introvert.  Read a book or watch a movie.  Or read a movie and watch a book.  Or work a puzzle.
  7. Snowmen (or women)
  8. Snow Angels.
  9. Sledding downhill.
  10. Sledding downhill with friends.
  11. Tubing downhill.
  12. Tubing downhill with friends.
  13. Being pulled on a sled or a tube behind a 4-wheeler or a jeep.
  14. Riding snowmobiles.
  15. Snow makes even the most ugly and dirty cities look great.  And clean.
  16. Watching puppies play in snow is an instant mood booster.
  17. Watching toddlers waddle in snowsuits warms the heart.
  18.  Killing lions on snowy days! “Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.” (2Samuel 23:20)
  19. Jesus can make us white as… SNOW. So, snow must be pretty pure and awesome and such. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)
  20. One of the more memorable hymns I’ve sung is “Whiter than Snow”.  And EVERYTIME is snows, this hymn comes to mind.
  21. Movies like “White Christmas” would be pointless without snow.
  22. Half a dozen epic scenes in the Lord of the Rings films wouldn’t be nearly as cool without snow.
  23. The Shining wouldn’t have happened had there not been a snowstorm!
  24. Snow Dogs!  The movie… and real sled dogs.
  25. Ice Age movies (#1, #2, #3, #4, & #5)
  26. The Empire Strikes Back! Sure, Han Solo shoving Luke inside a Taun-Taun carcass for a sleeping bag was gross, but it was pretty innovative of him (and it saved Luke’s life!).
  27. We wouldn’t have that lovely song “Let it Snow”… sung best by Dean Martin.
  28. We wouldn’t have that slightly creepy song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. But come on, it was originally written by a husband who liked to sing it with his wife at parties!
  29. We learn to appreciate how good bread and milk taste together.
  30. Chili always tastes better when there’s snow on the ground outside.
  31. Homemade snow ice cream.
  32. Quick-made snow cream (basically just sweetened snow slush, but kids always love it!)
  33. Donuts made by great friends on the first night of winter’s first snow.
  34. Shoveling. A 150 lb person can burn almost 400 calories per hour.
  35. Snowball fights.
  36. Snowforts.  When I was a kid, my dad plowed snow as a side job; he plowed our driveway and many other driveways and parking lots.  So, in the winter, our driveway kept a pile of plowed-up snow through the winter.  My brother and I would dig a cave hole into the snow piles and make snow forts out of them.  There’s something about having a place of your own just to sit in and be quiet… or to have pretend battles with pretend bad guys from.
  37. The ability to write your name in snow by shuffling your feet, making tracks in the shape of letters.
  38. The ability to walk in the footsteps of your dad.  When I was a kid, there was often snow as deep as 2-3 feet; the only way a kid can walk in snow like that is for an adult to make tracks for him to step into.
  39. Snow’s danger.  Because snow can be so slippery, one often gets to witness the beauty of snow up close!
  40. Snowdays.  Nothing excites a kid like the possibility of a snow day from school.
  41. Freshly fallen snow is 90-95 percent air. This means it’s a good thermal insulator. Which is awesome and super good for plants during the winter chill.  It also provides moisture to plants during winter.
  42. Guinness says that the largest snowflake ever recorded was 15 inches wide!
  43. Snow purifies the air.
  44. Taking a deep breath of fresh air on the morning after a nighttime snow.  People take deeper breaths more often when there’s snow on the ground…
  45. Snow reduces tick populations.
  46.  It makes people who love snow (like me) happy. And the world could use more happy people.

I know I said this was a list of 45 reasons, and I’ve listed 46.  I have allowed some of you who are less-inclined toward snow the opportunity to choose 1 you could do without…

So there!  Love snow for goodness sake!!!

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