Our First Day of Snow Family Tradition

Last Friday, we awoke to a beautiful ground covering of white snow.  The kids were excited, eager to touch it and yes, eat it.  (My husband, incidentally, has taught Sweet Boy the most important rule in regards to snow… Rule One:  Don’t eat yellow snow.)

But more than eating the first snow, we have a special tradition in our house.  We rush to our basement storage and search for the Snowman Cookie Jar.  And then we bake a special batch of cookies to fill it up.  But my favorite (and sentimental) part is that we write the date of the first snow on the bottom of the cookie jar.   

5 Ingredients for Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies


I think making Snowflake Sugar Cookies would be perfect, but I opted for simple and we baked up a yummy batch of my cousin’s Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies.  Here is the EASY recipe.


Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies:
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips


Cream the butter, eggs and vanilla.  Add cake mix and continue to blend.  Fold in the chocolate chips and scoop onto a cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.


I use a Spring Release Scoop to get more consistent-sized cookies.



These are the dates of our last two ‘first snowfalls.’


Happy Snowman!


If you have already missed your first snowfall, make a batch of cookies at the next one.  We don’t count flurries; the snow must cover the ground to deserve the tradition.  Amazon has some really cute snowmen cookie jars to get you started.

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  1. What a great idea and I love the Snowman Jar…I would’ve never thought to do the dates on the bottom. That’s precious!

  2. Thanks Heather!

  3. Love this idea! What memories you are creating with your son! I am looking for bloggers to participate in 25 Day’s of Christmas Blogshare…check out the post and leave a comment if you are interested in participating!

  4. Cute idea! I think here in Phoenix we might be lacking in the area of snow…maybe we need to make a first “over 110 degree day” tradition ; )

  5. Thanks! I don’t know how you handle the heat, boyandgirl2! Wow!

  6. What an adorable idea! After the holidays this year I will look for a cookie jar on sale and start this up next year. 🙂

  7. What a fun tradition! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  8. LOVE that you write the date on it!! You’ve inspired me! While I don’t have a snowman cookie jar, I do have a snowman tea pot…perfect for hot cocoa on that cold winter day 🙂

  9. Cindy, that sounds like a great idea! I am now in the mood for hot chocolate!

  10. Yay! We awoke to our first snow today!! Thought you might like to see what you inspired 😉

  11. oh, that is the cutest idea! I love that tradition!