Heart of Snow, But it’s All Gold

There haven’t been too many famous snowmen over the years, the most recent one is arguably Olaf from Disney’s Frozen movie series.

Here’s a quick list:

  • The Abominable Snowman, A.K.A. The Yeti
  • The Wampa of Hoth, from Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Michelangelo’s famous 1494 snowman for the Medici prince, Piero the Unfortunate
  • Jack Frost, from the 1998 Warner Bros. film of the same name starring Michael Keaton as the eponymous character
  • The Bumble, seen in the 1964 stop-motion animation television Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • The aforementioned Olaf
  • And Frosty the Snowman!

And this is where our story begins, with Frosty.

Arguably no one has done more to raise awareness for snowmen and snowwomen than good Ole Frosty. After all, he was a jolly happy soul.

It all began on a temperate winter’s day. The school kids were making a snowman who sported a corn cobb pipe, a button nose, and two eyes make out of coal. They had just finished when one of the children found an old hat to place upon Frosty’s frozen head. Well, there must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head he began to dance around!

From that point on, Frosty was as alive as he could be!

However, the sun was hot that day. So they knew that they had to get him to the North Pole before he melted away.

It was a sad goodbye, but Frosty said, “Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again someday!”

And has come back, many times!

One of Frosty’s most famous friends is Santa Claus, who along with the elves up at the North Pole, have given him a great home where he and his snow-family live a comfortable life in the safety of the ever-present snow—and Christmas magic.

Frosty frequently visits his best friend Karen Foray, whom he met back in 1969. She was the one who placed the magic hat upon his head and brought him to life (with the help of their furry rabbit friend, Hocus Pocus).

Frosty and Karen ‘Belly-Whopping’ down a snowy mountain.

Eventually, Karen grew up, got married, had children, and they had children. However, like E.T. (The Extraterrestrial, who recently visited his childhood friend Elliot, now all grown up with a family of his own, Frosty still comes to visit all generations of kids who believe in the magic of Christmas.

Frosty the Snowman was first popularized in the song of the same name. The song was originally recorded in 1950 by country crooner legend Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys. Later the song was covered by the famous gravelly-voiced performer Jimmy Durante. The song was then re-recorded by Durante to fit within the narrative of the Rankin/Bass animated television special of the same name.

The 1969 TV adaption of Frosty the Snowman is considered a seminal holiday classic. It was followed up by four sequels: Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976), Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July ((1979), Frosty Returns (1992), and The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005).

Frosty’s love for the children, animals, Christmas, and the world in general has been a true inspiration to everyone. He’s been quoted in numerous publications talking about his philanthropic views on humanity and efforts to help bring cheer and happiness to the world.

I believe in the wonder and joy that children bring to this world. Whenever you’re sad or feeling all ‘wishy-washy’, just go outside and watch the children play and sing, then your heart will be renewed.

Frosty the Snowman (interview, 1985)

And now Frosty can be seen on television, streaming video, video games, online shopping, and of course every winter when kids run outside at the first sign of snow and eagerly build a snowman.

Frosty transcends both the physical, magical, and digital worlds. He is a Progressive Pioneer of the snowy kind!

Sing Along with Frosty!

Frosty, the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And eyes made out of coal

Frosty, the snowman is a fairy tale, they say
He was made of snow but the children know
That he came to life one day

There must have been some magic
In that old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around

Oh Frosty, the snowman was alive as he could be
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me

Thumpetty, thump, thump, thumpety, thump, thump
Look at Frosty go, thumpetty thump thump
Thumpety thump thump, over the hills of snow

Frosty, the snowman knew the sun was hot that day
So he said, "Let's run and we'll have some fun
Now, before I melt away"

Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand
Runnin' here and there, all around the square
Sayin', "Catch me if you can"

He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop
He only paused a moment
When he heard him holler, "Stop"

Because ol' Frosty, the snowman, he had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye sayin', "Don't you cry
I'll be back again some day, I'll be back again some day
I'll be back again some day"

~ Songwriters: Jack Rollins, Steve Nelson - © 1950 Warner Chappell Music, Inc.