Certainly one of the most heard songs this time of year is Frosty the Snowman. It was first heard in 1950 when recorded by Gene Autry and was a written in hopes of getting another hit like the previous year’s Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Though not quite the chart-buster, as the #1 hit of Rudolph, it managed to make a respectable showing as #7 that year and promptly became a holiday classic. I actually prefer Frosty to the other song as I like the story better. There’s just something awesome about the idea of a snowman coming to life with just a special hat. But even better is that Frosty is kind of nuts! Despite the warm sun, he risks everything to have a little fun, wreaking havoc on the town square and disobeying traffic rules. Totally love the idea of letting an inner child run wild for a moment or two! It’s perfectly insane in the most joyous way and exactly the kind of magical snowman I’d like to get if I were lucky enough to find a hat like that one.
All that to say, the cartoon version of Frosty is rather cute, but in reality, what I imagine it, could be rather frightening. Snowmen have always looked a bit sweeter and more approachable in illustrated form. The real version, while fun to create, can quickly take on a rather ghostly and garish look. Bits of leaves and dirt that got rolled up into the ball and sunken eyes that got pushed a little too far inside with childish exuberance. Seeing one of those wander around the neighborhood could actually be more shocking than magical. I would hope that if a snowman were ever actually to spring to life, he would have the good sense to transform himself into a cartoon. Then it would be a bit like the original Pete’s Dragon and super cute, rather than something alarming. Although, never having seen a cartoon in real life, that might be just as alarming, but I’d be willing to risk it for the chance to meet him!
Each day, the clock ticks closer to the time when we get to open presents and enjoy a once-a-year meal of amazing things. Even without a magical snowman, I still get super excited this time of year. I adore giving gifts and it’s often so much fun, I forget to regard my own with the same enthusiasm. Luckily, Philippe is the same way. We have to open gifts one at a time and separately so the other can enjoy the reaction properly. The anticipation becomes something else entirely. I moment where you hope beyond hope that you chose correctly and have made the other person’s heart smile. It strikes me that as much as I love to receive gifts, what I remember most is watching Philippe open his each year. That’s the most amazing and wonderful time of all! An extraordinary moment when just the right elements come together to produce a little holiday joy, no less magical than that time those kids unexpectedly created Frosty the snowman.
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