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  Come in from the cold and take a seat beside the fire. There’s plenty to do, whether it’s eating or drinking, crafting, telling a story or just chatting with everyone who’s gathered round.


  This is your space to get creative but also to chat. Below are a list of things you can submit, with the amount of rubies they’re worth in brackets. You can complete them at any time and in any order. Please post everything below (although if you’d rather send something to me privately, I’m also happy to count it).


  This is intended to be a conversation as much as a place to post stuff so feel free to chat as you post. The deadline for everything is the 2nd of January 2019.


Creative Options

Perfect Day (20 Rubies)

  How would you spend your first day at the lodge? Would you hit the slopes or stay cuddled up near the fire? Perhaps you’d head straight for the Games Room for some fun. Who would you want there with you? Do you have any tips on keeping warm?

  Tell us about your ideal day on the trip in at least 100 words.


Snowflakes (20 Rubies, 10 per flake)

  It’s very easy to make your own paper snowflakes to bring a touch of winter to a room. Follow the instructions below (or any others you find) and create two unique snowflakes of different patterns. Take a photo of them and include a slip of paper with your HOL name.


Note: This calls for tissue paper but ordinary printer paper will do fine. If you have any scrap paper (printed on just one side), use that!

  If craft isn’t your thing, tell us about a memory you have of snowflakes in 100 words or more.


Cosy Cookery (20 rubies)

  Food is an important part of keeping warm and also of creating that relaxed, cosy feeling. 

  For 10 rubies, share a recipe for something that you like to cook or eat/drink when it’s cold. If you copy it word for word from somewhere, YOU MUST credit the source.

  For another 10, tell us about what this particular dish or drink means to you in at least 50 words. Alternatively, you can make it and show us a photo (include a slip of paper with your HOL name).


Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? (20 rubies)

  Being inside in the warm is great but look at all that snow out there! What would you like to build? 

  Follow these instructions to make your own paper snowman and tell us a bit about them in a few lines. Post a photo of your new friend (including a slip of paper with your HOL name).


Alternatively, maybe you want to create something less traditional out of snow like a castle or a sculpture. For 10 rubies, create a graphic or describe it in at least 50 words. For the other 10, tell us the story of how it got built in at least 50 words: what gave you the idea, who helped you, how successfully it turned out.


Cold Weather Critters (20 Rubies)

  Those budding magizoologists amongst you will probably be going out for long walks in the hopes of spying a local creature. Alternatively, you might be posting yourself by a window with your binoculars.

  We don’t know that much about snow dwelling magical creatures so introduce us to one we’ve never heard of before. You can make a craft of it, show us in a graphic or write about it in at least 100 words.


  Alternatively, I’m hoping to see penguins which would be very magical indeed as they don’t live around here. If you’re stuck for your own beast, find a way to make my winter dreams come true and fill the lodge with penguins. You can write, graphic or make one of these.



Wrap Up Warm (20 Rubies)

  While you can get quite hot (and even sunburnt) while you’re skiing, it’s still important to have warm clothes.

Describe your ideal cosy outfit in at least 100 words or create a graphic of it. Alternatively, if you’re good with a needle, you could create something warm and show us a photo (including a slip of paper with your HOL name).


Wish You Were Here (20 Rubies)

  It may be cold out but the owls are still ready to take your post and I’ve got the school camera all ready to go.

  Create a concept for a postcard you might send someone back home: pictures of the mountains, a shot of the lodge, close ups of ski equipment?  You can draw, make a photo collage or describe what you’d include in 100 words or more.


Story Time (20 rubies)

  With everyone gathered round the fire, it’s the ideal time to tell us a story.

  This is a free for all: you can tell us an original story or anecdote, real or fictional, HOL related or not. It can be funny, sad or heart-warming. The only requirement is that it should be at least 100 words.

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First thing first before I jump into the Perfect Day option *hops on chair to attract attention* THANKS SKY, PROF. LUPIN, AND PROF. LESLIE-LEWIS FOR SUCH AN AWESOME EVENT!!! :D

Now, *hops off of chair* my perfect day at the lodge would consist of sleeping in, number one :P After that, I’d have some hot tea and sit by the fire before grabbing a friend and putting on all of our gear. We’d probably, in the mayhem of this, *screams at unsuspecting people “where’s my jacket! Did you take my jacket?!* gather a few more friends to go with us until we have a good sized group. After we have all suited up, we’d hit the slopes. Of course, we would start out with Beginner, or, maybe, we’ll go for Expert Advanced *runs to a practically drop down cliff with a Black Diamond sign, “this looks good”* After falling off our skis for a good two hours, we will all head back to the lodge where Sky will hand us all hot chocolate (Thanks, Sky! :D). Together, we will sit by the fire and I will make a big announcement while some of us fight over who won Monopoly in the corner. “Now, everyone! I knows it’s freezing, but I have knitted everyone fluffy mittens! *hands out assorted pairs of mittens to everyone* If anyone would also like a warm hat, I can also whip up one in your color choice, so just let me know!” Then, I would head to the game room where the Monopoly fight has finally begun to wrap itself up with money flying across the room and a player insulting the other’s train playing piece (your moves don’t count, because a train obviously needs a track to move, so I win!). I will steer myself away from this fight even though my inner self is screaming to get involved. I will instead join a friend at a cozy table to play the Game of Life. Looking forward to dinner and maybe a scavenger hunt closer to bed (because I took and hid Prof. Zenix’s snow boots). Well, this should be an interesting day!

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Cozy Cookery 

This option is great because I have two delicious recipes that I would like to share. The first one, is something that a family member made and the second I found somewhere a long time ago, but I don’t know where exactly.


So, the first one is called:

S’mores with a Twist



Graham crackers

Miniature Hershey chocolate squares (any chocolate is fine, but my experience is that Hershey’s is best for this project since it melts easiest)


Crush graham cracker until it is a sort of fine powder, but a few small chunks are good.

Put Hershey squares in a microwave-safe bowl and melt them.

Roll each marshmallow in melted chocolate and then roll it in graham cracker. 

Lay on a pan that is covered in wax paper

Let the marshmallows cool and then enjoy!


Don’t put the marshmallow in the fridge when they are done, because they will get hard. 

Don’t let the marshmallows cool too much, just enough so the chocolate hardens around them.

You can also put each marshmallow on a skewer to make them look pretty and put the tops in cute little see-through bags that you can tie up with ribbon ;)


The second one is called:

Awesome Jelly and Cream Cheese Tartlets!


Jelly of choice (I prefer strawberry, but it doesn’t really matter)

Cream cheese 

8 pack Pillsbury biscuit dough (you can use whatever brand you want, Pillsbury just comes to mind first:) )

Powdered or regular sugar


Preheat oven to 375 or whatever the biscuits say on wrapper 

Take each round dough patty and stretch it out on pan.

Take a small dollop of cream cheese and a small dollop of jelly and place it on top of biscuit.

Fold each biscuit over and press down the edges with a fork to seal in the jelly and cream cheese.

Cook for 11-15 minutes until edges are brown.

Sprinkle with sugar when done.

Serve with ice cream!


Place the jelly in cream cheese in the center of the dough so it doesn’t all leak out when you fold over the dough.

Make sure you pinch the sides down securely or everything will leak out while you cook it.

Opt for less filling than more. The more you put in, the more likely it is to break open and spill filling in oven.


The Smore’s recipe is rather special because my aunt made it for a Baby shower for a cousin. When I got home, I decided to try it out for myself and we polished off a whole bag of Marshmallows; Ahem, moving on. The second recipe is something my mom used to make and when she stopped making it, I made it for a dessert (or sometimes, it was dinner #bestdinnerever ) Anyways, definitely try them out because they are so delicious! 

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Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?


This is Whittaker!




Whittaker is in the middle of a large field that is perfect for snowball fights (*hinthint*)! His scarf is a gift from his snowman pal, Glenn. Whittaker enjoys watching the blue fringes fly around in the wind during flurries. They also help attract bird friends.

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My siblings and I made these adorable snowmen. My little sister decided to go all out with a hat which will keep hers very warm. I added lots of color to mine (mine is the one with the eyebrows that went terribly wrong LOL). My brother added a Gryffindor scarf to his and my youngest bro gave his big black eyes so he could see everything that was going on :D

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