Memories of Making Snowmen, Frosty the Snowman & Snowmen Ornaments
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.
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.
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!
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!
Did you grow up making snowmen?
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)
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.
Do you collect snowman ornaments?
Frosty and "Rockin around the Christmas Tree" song
© 2010 Peggy Woods