Snowmen Ornaments ~ Christmas Tree Decorations ~ Frosty the Snowman

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This post is about all things regarding to snowmen, that being snowmen ornaments for Christmas tree decorations and even Frosty the Snowman.

Remember Frosty the Snowman?

Most of us of a certain age were first introduced to Frosty the Snowman in cartoon form as well as that oh-so-familiar song sung by many famous people over the years. Gene Autry was the first to sing that song (back in 1950) just as he has also inaugurated the Christmas song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Every year that I remember some version of Frosty the Snowman has been played on television during the Christmas season and holidays. I was a little child back then...one of the early "baby boomers" following World War II and the first television I watched was broadcast in black and white.


Of course those of us who grew up in snow country made our own snowmen every year.

Frosty the Snowman Original

My brothers and Sheba - 1950s - at our home in Wisconsin

My brothers and Sheba - 1950s - at our home in Wisconsin
My brothers and Sheba - 1950s - at our home in Wisconsin | Source

My brothers playing in the snow in Wisconsin - 1950s

My brothers Jimmy & Johnny (as they were known back then) playing in the snow in Wisconsin - 1950s
My brothers Jimmy & Johnny (as they were known back then) playing in the snow in Wisconsin - 1950s | Source

Walgreens Snowman (Seems everybody likes Frosty in their commercials!)

Snowy Wisconsin Winters



Growing up in the countryside of Wisconsin we had plenty of snow each winter.


I remember the fun-filled days of our entire family getting bundled up in multiple layers of heavy clothing getting ready to play outside.



Fabrics were entirely different back then.

After putting on pants, socks, and sweaters we put our snow pants and jackets on...pulled on our boots and mittens and covered our heads with hats and wrapped woolen scarves around our necks.



It was quite the process and took some time.


The last thing before getting encased with all this clothing my mother would ask is the question..."Did you go to the bathroom?"

Sometimes kids have to be reminded about the obvious when excited to go and play outside.


The last thing she wanted to do after a few minutes of play was to have to help us out of much of this bulky clothing to take care of necessary things.

I well remember those days!


At recess time in school, it took almost half of the time to get dressed for the outside and also to shed our outer clothing after recess was over.


Clothing has certainly been improved since then. Lightweight fabrics now keep one warm while repelling moisture.



But it was not the case back in the 1950s.

Frosty the Snowman (sung by Bing Crosby)

Disneyland Snowman Commercial (Everyone seems to love Frosty!)

Making Snowmen


As already stated, my family which consisted of my mother, father and two younger brothers often played outside in the snow.

Besides making snow forts and having snowball fights...ah...those were fun!...we also made snowmen.


The best snow for making snowmen is when the snow is slightly wet (not powder dry) so that it can be packed and made into a snowball shape.


My Dad first showed us how to pack a bunch of snow into somewhat of a ball shape and then start rolling it.

As it rolled it picked up more snow and grew in circumference getting quite large.

At some point, knowing that the next rounded shape would have to be lifted onto the large ball of the base, another ball would be started.

As many of us as would fit would take turns rolling that ball enlarging it until my Dad told us that he thought it was big enough.

Of course he had to be able to lift it and put it on the base so there was a limiting factor as to just how large that second ball could be made due to weight considerations.

After that second ball was firmly put into place the smaller head size of the snowman would be made.


This was such a fun family project!


A little bit of final sculpting of the snowman would take place and then he would be decorated with sticks for arms, chunks of coal for the eyes, mouth and buttons going down his body and of course a carrot for his nose. A corncob pipe would complete the look.


Finally Mr. Snowman would have a scarf wrapped around his neck and an old hat placed on his head.

We thought that he was beautiful!!!

Crocheted snowman

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Snowmen Ornaments


Whether or not one has grown up in the north where snow is prevalent in the winter or only get to see pictures and videos of snow because one lives in southern climes, one can use snowmen ornaments for Christmas tree decorations to bring a little bit of the frosty winter spirit into one's home.


The nice thing about Frosty the Snowman as an ornament is that he will not melt as the fictional one or as real snowmen made of snow do when the weather warms up.



Frosty and "Rockin around the Christmas Tree" song

Frosty the Snowman


From the classic Little Golden books that children like to read to recordings and even films, Frosty the Snowman provides much in the way of entertainment.

There were even comics dedicated to the Frosty the Snowman with him getting in every type of predicament.

Of course the one thing Frosty could not do...at least for long...was to come inside where it was warm because he would melt.


Campbell's Snowman (Remember this ad?)

Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane inspired by none other than Frosty the Snowman as well as my memories of fun family time creating snowmen.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone and here is wishing you peace and happiness during every holiday season and may that wish be extended throughout the entire year.


Do you have memories of making snowmen? Do you enjoy the antics of Frosty the Snowman? Looking forward to your comments.

Good looking snowman!

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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Hope your move went well. That must have really been a busy time for you! Thanks for once again sharing this and wishing you a Merry Christmas.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas

Came back to share this great hub again. I used to collect snowmen and still have a few left. I love the variety with so many different faces, apparel, and activities snowmen are molded or sewn into.

Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. I spent that entire week and into this month moving! :( Daughter and I had our Thanksgiving early on the 16th because the 27th was so close to the end of the month when I had to be out.

Hope your Christmas plans are going well and that you're looking forward to fabulous Christmas with family and friends!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas also and hope you have a wonderful year ahead. Thanks!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Came back to pin this to 'Awesome Hubpages.' Only 2 more days until Christmas! Where does the time go?

Appreciate your friendship Peggy W., as well as the friendship of all the other hubbers here on HP. Wishing you and those you love the happiest Christmas ever!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi teaches12345 Yes, that first snowman of the year was always fun to make. Glad that you liked these old photos. Christmas is only 6 days away! Can you believe this year has almost come to an end? Happy holidays to you and wishing you a wonderful year to come.


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