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The Snowman ~ Winter's Cool Fellow

By Edited Nov 24, 2015 9 23

Cold Men

A cold man can be cool . . . if he's a snowman! Icy on the outside and cold on the inside, what you see is what you get. Chilly and nippy, this cold man is quite a gelid fellow. But don't let the deficiency of warmth fool you; this frosty man can make you feel warmhearted!

This icy guy may be cool to the touch, but he makes everyone around him feel warm and fuzzy inside. Snowmen are winter's coolest characters and remind everyone of the fun associated with the winter months.


Icy Fellow

A Snowman is a snow sculpture shaped to resemble a human figure. Every winter these icy creations are made out of crystals formed from water vapor (aka snow). Just as no two snowflakes are alike, each snow-fellow is uniquely individual with characteristics all its own. Also, this cute snow character is no longer limited to the male class; there are snow-women, snow-children and even snow-pets. The snow-guy, however, is winter's cool fellow and will always be the icy arctic celebrity of the holiday season.

Snowman Festivals


In Europe and North America, snowmen are built with three large snowballs, one for the head, upper body, and lower body. The face is made up of either rocks or coal for the eyes and the mouth, and a stick or a vegetable (a carrot is the most common) is used for the nose. Twigs or sticks are used for the arms. Some people dress their snow-fellows using jackets, scarves and hats; others like to leave them with a more natural look.

The cool guy is so popular that Snowmen Festivals are held every year in several parts of the world. At some festivals, families make a snow-character for each person in their household (including pets). At other festivals, the snow creations are quite elaborate sculptures.

Frosty the Snowman


One of the most famous of all the snowmen is Frosty the Snowman. Frosty began as a song recorded by Gene Autry and The Cass County Boys in 1950. The song was originally titled Frosty the Snow Man.

Little Golden Books published Frosty the Snow Man as a children's book in 1950 and 1954; the UPA studio brought Frosty to "life" in a three-minute animated short.

In 1969, the Rankin-Bass company produced a thirty-minute animated television special that featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the title character. The popular television special told the story about a snowman that comes to life by the placement of a magical hat found by some children. At the end of their time together, the children are sad that Frosty must go but he reassures them saying, "I'll be back again someday."

Over the years, the Frosty song has been recorded by several artist and on some versions of the song, the last line has been changed to "I'll be back again on Christmas Day!"

The Snowman

In 1978, the book The Snowman was published, and in 1982, an animated adaptation with no dialogue was released. To this day, the character from The Snowman has been one of the most popular and sought after figures by people everywhere.

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The Snowman ~ Winter's Cool Fellow

Whether you are young, old or young at heart, the Snowman is the chilly symbol of the holiday season that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. It doesn't matter whether it's a character or the real thing; the Snowman is winter's cool fellow!

A Snowman is a Cool Friend


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Dec 12, 2010 9:52am
building snowmen was always a family affair when we were kids. Great article!
Jan 9, 2011 1:01pm
Hello Sookie; thanks for your comment. You must have some great memories of playing in the snow and building snowmen with your family!
Dec 12, 2010 1:59pm
Cute article! I love the pictures! This would be a great featured article!
Jan 9, 2011 12:57pm
Thank you so much Deborah-Diane, you are so kind!!
Dec 14, 2010 2:17pm
Extremely creative writing! Fun recap on the cool dude's history. Wonderful photos that really brought back so many memories! Great job! I'm with Deb!
Jan 9, 2011 1:02pm
Jan 8, 2011 12:26am
Excellent job on this winter tradition. Great article.
Jan 9, 2011 12:57pm
Thank you dreamaker!
Jan 8, 2011 8:45am
Congratulations on your front page article! Very timely...we are expecting snow today! Rankin Bass' "Frosty" is a staple video in my house year round!
Jan 9, 2011 12:56pm
Hello mommymommymommy; thanks so much for the comment. Hope you have a fun snow day!
Jan 8, 2011 10:08am
Fantastic article was a really good read, loved it!
Jan 9, 2011 12:54pm
Hello CrystalNici; thank you for your very nice comment, I'm happy you liked my article.
Jan 8, 2011 12:01pm
I love the photos and the history lesson about Frosty. He is the stuff of childhood memories for sure! Good stuff.
Jan 9, 2011 12:52pm
Thank you footloose!
Jan 9, 2011 11:19am
Just coming back to say congratulations on a fun feature article!
Jan 9, 2011 12:52pm
Thanks so much, divaonline, I truly appreciate your kind words!!
Jan 9, 2011 4:15pm
Fabulous article. Congratulations on feature, it is the best I've seen yet, honest. Great pictures. Thumbs up for sure. ^^
Jan 10, 2011 11:14am
Thank you for your kind words, Lynsuz! I'm really happy that you enjoyed the article. I love snowmen, so I had a fun time with this one!!
Feb 7, 2011 7:15am
This was terrific. I have only ever made one snowman, when we went over the east. Our climate is far too hot so dont have the fun of creating frosty the snowman.

Although I would not like to be iced in like some in America at the moment although we have the opposite problems The cyclones and floods over east and now just lost 64 homes to the fires south of us. Terrible times all over the world these days. great fun article. thanks.
Feb 7, 2011 12:21pm
Thank you for your comments eileen.
Nov 17, 2011 11:21am
"COOL"... and that would be tongue in cheek.
Very good article. I enjoyed reading it.
Dec 21, 2011 6:29am
I just downloaded and watched the 1982 animation "The Snowman". I watched it 4 times today with 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes. It's amazing how almost 30 years later, it still has the ability to hold kids completely spellbound, just as it did when I was their age.
Nice article.
Jul 1, 2012 10:14am
Thank you, everyone!
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