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Memories of Making Snowmen, Frosty the Snowman & Snowmen Ornaments

Updated on September 10, 2017
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Decorating for Christmas was always a fun part of December in our home leading up to the big day. Church, friends, family, food & presents!

Snowman ornament
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Snowmen

This post is about all things relating to snowmen. It includes memories of the making of snowmen, Frosty the Snowman and includes some videos and ornaments.

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. He 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. 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 real snowmen every year. I took these photos of my brothers with my very first camera.

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

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 on our snow pants and jackets. We then pulled on our boots and mittens, 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 following 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 recess 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.

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

Making a Perfect Snowman

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 (those were fun!) we also made snowmen.

The best snow for making snowmen is when the snow is slightly wet and not powder dry. With that right consistency it can be packed and made into a snowball shape more easily.

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 was being 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!

Our dog Sheba on a snowy day in Wisconsin
Our dog Sheba on a snowy day in Wisconsin | Source

A little bit of final sculpting of the snowman would take place. Mr. Snowman would then be decorated with sticks for arms and chunks of coal for the eyes and mouth. He would have 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!

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Good looking snowman!
Good looking snowman! | Source

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.

Frosty the Snowman (sung by Bing Crosby)

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.

Seems everybody likes Frosty in their commercials!

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.

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Shih Tzu Dogs on Sled | Source

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Frosty and "Rockin around the Christmas Tree" song

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      Peggy Woods 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      You are correct. His voice and his nose were both very recognizable. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 13 months ago

      He also had a very recognizable nose, and much of his comedy centered around his nose.

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      Peggy Woods 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Jimmy Durante surely had a recognizable voice! Loved his rendition of Frosty the Snowman. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 13 months ago

      Yes, Frosty the Snowman is one of those '60s Christmas classics. Jimmy Durante did the narration. With his nose and voice he was a distinct and famous entertainer. It is good this classic cartoon leaves something to remember him by.

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      Peggy Woods 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      I agree with you. Having snowman and snowflake and icicle ornaments on a tree does help to bring some of the frosty outside inside. In warmer climates it helps bring back memories of making those snowmen...for those of us who have lived in colder climates. Thanks!

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      Susie Lehto 13 months ago from Minnesota

      There is something very special about snowmen having grown up where it snows a lot. Making snowmen out of snow is still fun to do. The cute Christmas ornaments are a way for me to bring the outdoors inside for the winter. I love the snowflakes too.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      C E Clark 3 years 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 Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

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

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      C E Clark 3 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 Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I made some homemade ornaments just last year using Christmas cards that came to the house. I read a hub about how to do it and they turned out great. I can't remember right off the top of my head who wrote it or I would tell you. Perhaps you will run across it. Thanks for the share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      A snowman board...great idea! Thanks for the pin!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I remember how fun it was to build your first snowman every year. Living in the upper midwest, snow was part of your life and playing outdoors would be spent making these creations all day. I loved your share of your family making a snowman. Your photos are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      We made some giant ones with the help of my dad when we were kids. It took his strength to hoist the other snowballs on top. Fun memories. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      At this time of year, I just wanted to come back and reread this lovely Hub . I miss making ornaments with my children now that they are all grown. It was such a lovely thing to do.

      Will reshare in time for Christmas!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Back to pin this on my snowman board. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes, snowmen are definitely a wintertime decoration for those who live in colder climates. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I''ve made a few....small ones. Lovely hub,very enjoyable!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Back again to pin this article to my 'Christmas II' board. I still love snowmen and I think they're one of the best decorations for Christmas even thought they aren't necessarily Christmasy, but more winter.

      Voted up and shared again too!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      Sorry to hear that you have missed out on the fun of having snowball fights and making snowmen. We had great fun as kids when my parents lived in Wisconsin...however, as an adult, I am glad that I no longer have to drive on snowy and especially icy roads...so I am now happy to be living in the southern region of our country. Guess we can't have everything! Thanks for your comment, votes and the tweet.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Peggy, I come from Delhi, even though it lies at base of Himalayas yet it is very hot. I have never seen it snow in my life, though I have seen snow covered mountains in Manali. I wish i was also able to make such beautiful snowmen as you have shown in pictures. When ever I saw snow ball fights in movies as a child, I always wanted to have one but alas..

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Although it is May, some of our northern states in the U.S. are still getting snow! Glad that you vicariously enjoyed this hub about making snowmen and about good old Frosty the Snowman. He has brought many a smile to faces through the years. Thanks for your votes + shares. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy, where I live it doesn't snow so I have never made a snowman but I can well imagine the thrill of making one. Of course I've seen it in cartoons and have enjoyed it's antics as well.

      Fantastic hub and a delightful read.

      Voted up, interesting and awesome. Shared and pinned too.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Being a kid in Wisconsin during the Winter was fun. Building snowmen, snow forts, having snowball fights, sledding and tobogganing, and learning how to ice skate was all fun. Not quite as much fun as an adult trying to safely drive in the stuff, keep driveways passable, etc. New fallen snow however is such a beautiful sight to behold and the crisp air is invigorating. Thanks for sharing your memories in the comments. Appreciate the votes and the share. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I grew up in central Wisconsin too, and those were years of lots of snow and very cold temperatures, well below zero. Love your personal photos.

      Frosty the Snowman has been a perennial favorite in our family too, just like Rudolph. We always play his songs and watch his Christmas videos. Snowmen can be so cute and make the season more festive.

      Voting you up, interesting, awesome, and sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi healthylife2,

      That was my very first Brownie camera that I had when I took those photos of my brothers building a snow fort. We had lots of fun building those and having snowball fights. Ha! Of course we also built snowmen. Yes...those days are particularly fun for children who do not yet worry about driving on icy and snowy roads. Nice that you can join in with your kids and have fun making good memories. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a fun hub and a great reminder of the joys of snow. I do tend to whine about the Winter driving because I get so nervous but my kids love sledding and building snowmen and I often join in so they remind me to appreciate the positive parts of Winter. I put a lot of snowmen decorations out for the holidays and love them especially when I'm inside with the heat on. I loved the pictures of you and your family when you were a child. So nice that any generation of children will always have fun in the snow until they grow up and realize some of the adult hassles Winter brings. Winter is right around the corner in Connecticut so shared this one!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      The clothing back when I was little (and undoubtedly when your daughter was little) was so bulky compared to today and we dressed in layers. It was a chore getting all of those clothes on and off. I remember it took about half the recess period in school to get it all accomplished. Ha! Thanks for the vote up. Glad it rekindled memories for you. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tina Truelove,

      I'm not laughing but smiling. Now that I live in the part of Texas that I do, an infrequent snowfall is quite an event. Normally the snow melts about as fast as it hits the ground. The last snowfall which was a couple of years ago some people gathered up all the snow in their entire front yard and made a tiny snowman. Green grass was underneath. I took a photo of it and included it in that hub about when did it last snow in Houston. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you also! Thanks for your comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Our boys loved winter and the snow. They still do they are already getting ready for ice fishing. Our daughter when she was little I would get all the warm clothes on her which took forever send her outside, five minutes later she was done with the cold. I had to take all that heavy stuff off her again. Finally I ask the doctor if she would be healthy if she didn't go out all winter. He said she would be fine. She really hated winter and snow. When she took up downhill skiing a few years ago I was shocked.

      Your hub brought back memories. Voted up.

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      Tina Truelove 5 years ago

      Nice hub. I love snowmen. I live in Georgia so we don't see much snow here, but every now and then we get what we call a "blizzard." I know, don't laugh. :) When we do get snow, whether it be just enough to cover the grass or enough to warrant a southern blizzard, we always go out and make memories. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It was fun growing up as a kid in Wisconsin and getting to enjoy the snow and even the heavy "snow days" when schools were closed. Probably not as much fun for the adults! Making snowmen and forts and having snowball fights was fun! :) The 4 years my husband and I lived in that same state, driving on the icy and snowy roads was not nearly as much fun. The beauty of a fresh snow is undeniable but I am happy to be living in the south where we do not have to contend with the icy road conditions. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading your Hub, and loved the photos of you and yours playing in the snow. Your snowman was beautiful. I grew up in a cold area of S. C. and Georgia, but never saw snow. I am so coldnatured I don't think I would like it very much.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share, too.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      Clothing has come a long way since the days of our youth (obviously) when we had to wear all of those multiple layers of bulky clothes in order to stay warm. School recess time in the north was mostly spent dressing and undressing with all of that outer clothing with not that much time actually spent outside in the winter. Ah...those were the days!

      Making snowmen in those days was fun and of course, they lasted quite some time before melting. Frosty the Snowman song...now you have me humming it! Thanks! :))

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      This hub brought some fond childhood memories back to me.

      Your story gave me the chuckles remembering myself getting bundled up in multiple layers of heavy clothing, only to take it of again, because I had forgotten to go to the bathroom first. Phew!!

      Now I know that I'll be humming the Frosty the Snowman song all day long! La la la. . .

      I loved this hub.Voted up,up and away!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi shea duane,

      Building snowmen also reminds me of my youth. That and building forts and having snowball fights. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      Feel free to link my hubs to yours anytime! Will take a look at your 5th Home for the Holidays hub now.

      Thanks!

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      Peggy, you are a busy lady! I love snowman ornaments... I might buy the Mikasa. Wonderful hub... reminded me of being a child!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It is fun! :)

      Here is a link you might like like to see:

      http://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/109476001...

      If you have no objection, I would like to link this hub to my 5th Home for the Holidays story. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      Enjoy your real snowmen this year. It is a rare occasion indeed when we get enough snow in Houston to scrape up an entire yard full of the melting stuff to make a small snowman mixed with grass, leaves and twigs. Up where you live and further north...another story entirely!

      Sounds like you have fun with your snowman themed kitchen! Your snowman cookie bin would be fun. No sneaking of a cookie without that song being played! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Cute, cute, cute snowmen. When I can do all my decorating, my kitchen is snowman land. My snowman cookie bin that plays Frosty's tune when the lid is removed is always a great hit with guest. I make a dessert buffet in the kitchen and the laughter rings through the house when someone tries to sneak a cookie. Growing up in Florida I dreamed of what making a snow man would be like. Now that we live in the frigid Carolinas we get to enjoy making the real thing. Neat topic for a hub! :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Prasetio,

      Thanks for visiting this Frosty the Snowman hub. Like you said, snowmen ornaments used as Christmas Tree decorations are really cute. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Snowman is always cute and beautiful. I thought it looks great if you hang this on the Christmas tree. This is really match as the great Christmas ornaments. Very entertained hub and snowman is my favorite. Keep on hubbing. Vote and vote again. Take care.

      Prasetio:)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Billy,

      You missed out on some fun not being able to play in snow. Of course you also did not have to shovel the stuff nor drive on icy and snowy roads! No matter where one lives we can all enjoy the idea of Frosty the Snowman and enjoy snowmen ornaments as Christmas tree decorations. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      I think that most children love playing in a new fallen snow where everything looks so fresh and clean. Glad you liked this hub about snowmen ornaments for the Christmas tree and Frosty the Snowman. Thanks!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Enjoyed the Frosty story -snowmen weren't really part of my christmas experience growing up - the song we all know and love of course.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      If it is a nice try snow I love it and can't enough of it. That Frosty if so lovely.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Are you now humming Frosty the Snowman after reading this hub about snowmen ornaments and Christmas tree decorations? Haha. I know I was after working on this hub. Thanks for the comment.

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      Cheryl J. 7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for sharing this informative and beautiful hubpage on Snowmen, Ornaments and Snowflake. Frosty was one of my favorites as well as Rudolph. A great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      I think that Frosty the Snowman has been a part of our culture for many years whether or not we decorate with snowmen ornaments or even have Christmas tree decorations. That is because each and every year in the U.S. good old Frosty the Snowman is televised. Glad that you approve of Frosty! Haha!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Beautiful times! I love that Frosty! Great hub as always Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kookoo88,

      Bet your snowmen decorations are cute both inside and outside your house. Flip flops in 10 degree weather! Guess they really ARE used to the cold. Ha! Am sure they have seen Frosty the Snowman on TV shows. Correct? Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      kookoo88 7 years ago from Cripple Creek

      Hi Peggy. :) My wife likes snowman decorations and we have them all over the house. We even have one of those big snowglobes with snowmen in it for the yard. *chuckling*

      As far as bundling up to go outside, my kids wear flip flops in 10 degree weather if i let them. We live high in the Rockies and they're used to the cold.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lady_E,

      Nice that this hub about snowmen ornaments, Christmas tree decorations and Frosty the Snowman had the effect of putting you in the Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      A pink elephant in place of a snowman! Bet that was something to see! Even if you did not make many snowmen, I'll bet you watched Frosty the Snowman on TV when growing up. As to Christmas Tree Decorations, Snowmen Ornaments make a certain amount of sense. We used to have icicle ornaments on our family tree also. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello samsons1,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about Frosty the Snowman and my memories of growing up with my family making our very own snowmen. We had such a good time playing together as a family! Thanks for the comment and votes.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Peggy. I love Snowmen and you've put me in a Christmas mood too.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Since I was youngest by seven years of four children I might have helped the older ones make one.Probably due to the diabete I later developed I have never been able to take much cold weather, so I didn't do to many outdoor things.

      I do remember my brother-inlaws brothers making a very large elephant out of snow in a vacant lot across from where they lived and then coloring it pink. Later I was told that a drunk driver ran into it.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and beautiful! Well written and informative. You always have the nicest hubs...