Snowmen, Jack Frost bring cheer to many people

Snowmen bring joy to children as they frolic in the snow. The thought of Jack Frost visiting them causes them to shout “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”

The first time the art of making snowmen were drawn in the book titled “Book of Hours”, dating back to 1380. According to, no one knows for sure who built the first snowman, which may have been before the Middle Ages. By the Victorian era, snowmen had become a sign of the holiday season.

The popularity of the snowman increased in 1950, when Gene Autry recorded his Christmas hit “Frosty the Snowman,” Frosty became a magical holiday icon, whose story was told over in the form of books, additional recordings, and films.

TV stations, such as Hallmark play the holiday shows, which create winter nostalgia, such as the heart-warming family show “Frosty the Snowman”, and the less than joyful, but tremendously frightening “Jack Frost”, a story about the boy who takes control of a snowman and wreaks havoc upon the townspeople.

Although many enjoy such things as snow and Christmas caroling, little take the time to ponder what these holiday traditions mean. Snowman making has made the artistic side of people express themselves through simplistic art. Jack Frost became a well-known figure because of his power to control ice and snow.

Though most have seen the movies about snow, some actually get to experience it.

“One time I went to my cousin’s house and we decided to build a snowman,” Emily Hazlett, seventh grade dance major, said, “So after we built the three balls, we got all the clothes my cousin owned and put them on the snowman, pilling each layer on top of the other.”

Not only were snowmen a large part of the holidays, but Jack Frost played an important part. The story tells that a young boy was born with the power to control special attributes of the weather, especially—snow. With such abilities he had to learn, how to put it to great use.

Florida, being the sub-tropical state it is, many people have to travel to other places for the snowman making experience.

Peyton Harris, seventh grade vocal major said, “When I was five, my family flew to Pennsylvania, where some of my aunts and uncles lived. When I got there, my cousins asked if I wanted to go make a snow man, and I accepted. It wasn’t even about making the snowman that made it fun. It was that I got to spend time with my family.”