Today’s festive song is ‘Frosty the Snowman’. This a popular Christmas song was written by Walter ‘Jack’ Rollins and Steve Nelson. It was first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass Country Boys in 1950, and later by Jimmy Durante, who released it as a single. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ the previous year.
The song recounts the tale of Frosty, a snowman who is brought to life by a magical silk hat that a group of children find and place on his head. Frosty enjoys roaming throughout town with the children who constructed him, only stopping once at a crosswalk when the policeman directing traffic orders pedestrians to stop. Frosty finally says goodbye to the children and comforts them, promising he will be back again someday. Although Autry's original recording does not explain the reason for the departure of Frosty, later versions have lyrics that attribute it to the hot sun.
There are few activities that please small children as much as rolling up the snow into a larger ball in order to help dad and mum make a snowman. Children at play in the seasonal snow possess the imagination to take all of their dreams and roll them up into the biggest snowball ever and then mould their vision of seasonal happiness until they finally see it magically appear with the help of few old clothes and items that are found about every household.
Granddad’s old hat is placed on the snowman’s head, and dad’s scarf is placed around the snowman’s neck. A carrot is used for its nose, two pieces of coal for its eyes, and two half-moon-shaped pieces of watermelon for its mouth. To make the mouth realistic, granddad has loaned us his false teeth to use. An empty sewing bobbing is stuck at each side of the snowman’s head act as its ears, and what better use is there for mum’s old tin of buttons than to button up the snowman’s long white coat?
Making a snowman with one’s children and grandchildren not only keeps the child happy and enthralled with the imaginative construction, but it also helps to express the child in oneself. In order to retain the child in us, adults must be willing and prepared to both nurture the child in our children and express the child in ourselves from time to time.
Sheila and I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Facebook friends and every child on God’s planet.
Love and peace Bill and Sheila xxx