Photo taken by Suzanne on December 4, 2010
On one of our "walk dates", Karo and I came across a neighbor with this HUGE Santa in their front yard. He was blowing from side to side, (well, the wind was pretty strong that nite) and back and forth. By shear luck I was able to get this picture while he was standing upright-what a tease, Santa! It brought to mind the Feast of St. Nicholas.
The Feast of St. Nicholas Day occurs all around the world. It usually starts during early Advent. The townspeople start baking and getting the children's stockings ready for the appearance of St. Nicholas. He scouts around the countryside in late November making his list of good and bad children. This is the time, in some countries that St. Nicholas leaves treats and small gifts to the children instead of on Christmas Day. He also receives some pretty good treats himself!
Photo taken by Suzanne
Here we have "Frosty the Snowman" and his polar bear friend. Looks like ole Frosty is trying to con the bear into the igloo. "Step into my office and we'll discuss the price of fresh fish! Nyah, Ah Ah!" Anyway, the outer perimeter of the yard is lined with tiny snowmen lighting the way to Christmas. And what does that bring to mind?
Well, it's ole Frosty himself!
"Frosty The Snowman" was written in 1950 by Steve Nelson with Walter E. Rollins. Even though Mr. Nelson was not a resident of Armonk until 1953, the townspeople in this small town, which is located in Westchester County, in New York, truly believe that he wrote this song with their town in mind. And they claim their town to be the home of "Frosty the Snowman". They have a "Winter Walk" festival each year, and Frosty with his "magical" old black silk hat is one of the highlights of this celebration. This holiday classic was first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. Some of us folks have been singing this song for a long time! (Not mentioning any names, of course!)
Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say.
He was made of snow, but the children know
How he came to life one day.
Thumpetty Thump Thump
Thumpetty Thump Thump
Look at Frosty go...Over the hills of snow!
"Now you go home and write, 'I am very sorry for what I did to Frosty' a hundred zillion times. And then maybe-just maybe, mind you-you'll find something in your stocking tomorrow morning!"
You can find "Frosty the Snowman" news from lohud.com
St. Nicholas day info from stnicholascenter.org
My printer awaits-will check you later!