Dec. 21 is the first day of winter, but just because it isn't officially winter yet doesn't mean that snow isn't going to fall, school isn't going to be cancelled or the weather is going to stay warm.Soon, we will be able to see our breath as we breathe. We could start experiencing things like temperatures below freezing, icy roads and, of course, snow.Winter is the coldest season of the year. It runs from December to February in the Northern Hemisphere and June to August in the Southern Hemisphere.There are a lot of things to love about winter like snow, snow days, snowball fights, Christmas and New Year's. We all have different reasons for loving winter.Shane Hypes, a junior at Valley High School, likes winter for the wood-burning stoves, snow days, cold weather and hunting. His winter activities usually consist of things like hunting, sleeping in and playing video games.
"My favorite things about winter would have to be the snow as well as snow days," said Valley junior Chelsey Adkins. "And Christmas."Adkins' snow days consist of sleeping in and having snowball fights with family and friends. She occasionally heads out of the house and ventures down the road."Snow, snow days and my birthday are definitely my favorite things about winter," said Raven Van Meter, a junior at Valley.Van Meter's birthday is Dec. 28th. Waiting to turn a year older can be quite unbearable anyway, so imagine the agony waiting for a birthday late in December.Van Meter spends snow days doing things like sledding and making snow angels and snow woman (not snowmen). She loves to sleep in, play in the snow, eat it and have snowball fights with friends and loved ones.Many kids and teenagers love winter for snow days, and there are tons of things to do in the snow. Get creative and go play in the snow until you can't bear it anymore. Before you do, share your favorite winter activities with us in the comments section below!