I wrote this in an earlier post:
We have been leaving our sleds out most of the winter as offerings to the snow gods. So far it has been working, although I had to correct the kids on making the proper offering. Scattering the toboggans about the yard is not the way to get the snow gods’ attention: One must place the sleds vertically, up against the deck or porch railing, as if ready for instant use. You don’t want to get rain all winter, do you?
I offer hear clear photographic evidence that such beliefs are indeed rational:
Above left: Our offering to the snow gods, carefully placed yesterday morning.
Above right: The same scene less than 24 hours later.