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Make heavenly snow angels
The next time a fresh snowfall turns the backyard into a blank canvas, take a few moments to plan a truly inspired snow angel. There's more to it than just plopping down and giving a few kicks.
"You can't have imprints in it anywhere," says Tammy Tritz, who has judged the snow angel contest during the annual JanBoree (janboree.org) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. "The outline has to be clean, and there can't be any handprints." (The secret: Use those stomach muscles to do a sit-up and then step out of the angel.)
Some contestants even paint their angels using squirt bottles full of food coloring. "You have to mix the dye with hot water," Tammy says. "Otherwise, it just freezes too quickly."