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Here Comes Frosty

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December 3, 2013

Frosty the Snow Man - Thumpity-thump-thump

As a young mother back in 1969, I sat down baby in arms, and watched Frosty the Snowman on TV for the first time.  It was the first of many times that I watched that TV special with the first of many babies.  We listened to the voice of Jimmy Durante as the narrator telling the story of Frosty.  This TV special and the song Frosty The Snowman are dear to my heart at Christmas Time.
Every year the holiday season would start with the Frosty The Snowman or Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer holiday TV specials.  That night would also be the start of my holiday baking season.  At each commercial I would run back and forth to the kitchen and shuffle pans of cookies into and out of the oven.  The boys always knew how special Christmas was.  There was always a large live Christmas tree covered in the ornaments passed down from our families. The mantel would be decorated in red and white and a large homemade wreath would be hung on the front door.

Frosty the Snowman was written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and The Cass County Boys about the time I was learning to talk back in 1950.  I grew up with Frosty and was thrilled to share this beloved song and the Frosty Special with each and every one of my boys.

Frosty The Snowman - my interpretation of my "holiday frosty" with partial lyrics

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

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

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
I can hear hear Gene Autry singing Frosty the Snowman and remember snuggling up on the couch with the kids and the wonderful smells of hot cookies wafting in from the kitchen.

I can see Frosty going thumpity-thump over the hills of snow.

Frosty knew the sun was hot that day
He Said "Let's run and we'll have some fun"
He knew he was going to melt away

Our traditions help mold and keep our families together.  It bonds us to our neighbors and our communities. 

This little song has delighted at least two generations of children.  Brightening holiday spirits and bringing laughter into our homes.

Frosty knew he was going to melt,  he had to hurry on his way, and yelled out "don't you cry" to the children, and that he would be back someday. If you think about it, it seems that someone is always hurrying into and out of our lives just to come back again someday.

For the observant out there, you may have noticed frosty is now sporting a new "rose" hat.

The snowman plates, cupcakes, wine glasses came from our local close out store Marc's.  Chargers from Walmart, flatware from the World Market. The large snowman and frosty pot were thrifted at Goodwill.

Have fun, take time to enjoy being with the kids.  They will remember.

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    1. OK, all done now - tough struggle with the camera.

  2. I love your snowman theme! Frosty is one of my favorites, too. Christmas is not complete without Frosty!

    1. That is exactly the way I feel about Frosty.

  3. Frosty is one of my favorites too-I grew up in Idaho and we had long Winters where many a snowman came to life! Thanks for this darling post-

    1. It is really a fun theme for a tablescape. I enjoyed collecting all of my snowmen!

  4. Oh,Candy, this table absolutely made me smile! I collect snowmen, too, but have never incorporated them into a tablescape (that may change this year!) I also love your snowflake plates. Wherever did you find them? A charming table sure to make happy memories for everyone who surrounds it! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. You have so many cute snowman things! I love the plates on the wall too. Very fun and festive table, loved the story and the song lyrics woven in!

    1. The Frosty table has become my favorite holiday table so far this year. It was a lot of fun to do.

  6. Oh, love the memories of Frosty and I can just hear Jimmy Durante's voice singing. You hve so many sweet snowmen and I lov eyour table.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Candy,

    All through your description of theFrosty/Rudolph Christmas specials, it was as if you were describing my OWN childhood in Toronto. I first remember being mesmerized by these holiday specials back in the early 70s, when I was a little girl (I'm 49), and my two siblings and I would sit for hours, powdery snow falling outside, my mom getting snacks ready for us to munch on and every year, and even though we had seen the specials a number of times, we'd sit in suspense until the very end, feeling jolly ourselves for our heroes good luck!

    I also collect snowmen (and Santas), and your beautiful tablescape is charming and festive! What a happy holiday table! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Candy,
    I absolutely love this post! You not only had me singing along, but each photo made me smile. I guess I have a weak spot for snowman... they certainly warm the heart. You have inspired me!
    Sam from creativelysams.com

  9. Well, I see someone else has a "thing" for snowmen or is it snow people? Your tablescape is so colorful and fun.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your very sweet comments!

  10. Candy- this is such a fun post! I love all your snowmen and your delightful ways to display them. I also have a collection of snow characters that I keep out from first cold snap until the end of March. I like the classic tv specials the best and try to catch them each year.

    I would love for you to link this up with Ms Misantropia's How Do You Celebrate linky.

  11. Thanks for sharing the sources cause I LOVE that flatware! Your table is adorable. I watched those specials with my kids too, for many years:) XO, Pinky

  12. The table is set! Now I want to sit and talk to Frosty about the good old days.

    Love the colors and tone of the post!

    Found you via Ms Misantropia's "How do YOU celebrate?"

  13. So So So darling, Candy. I, too, had a new baby back in 1969 and watched that same special. Our TV was an old black and white one-so Frosty was grey and white to us! Your pieces are all so sweet. You have amassed a wonderful collection of snowmen! I love them-xo Diana

  14. Hello, Candy, what a beautifully written post, really brought back great memories of my childhood. My mom talks about how she used to give me an early bath and dinner and we'd snuggle up in the comfy chair and watch those shows, now classics, when I was a toddler. Your table is fantastic, great finds from Goodwill and great combos with the new things, too. Merry Christmas - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  15. What a festive table setting!
    But I was severely traumatized by Frosty the Snowman melting the first time I watched the movie. After that I stayed away from it or turned it off half way. Yes, I was a sensitive kid :)

  16. This is such a cute table, Candy! I love all your cheerful snowmen! The plates are all so pretty and colorful, and I love the whimsical goblets. You did a great job with your table; I think Frosty conjures up fun memories for all of us. I have to admit, when I was growing up, my favorites were "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Rudolph". :)

    Visiting from Seasonal Sundays -- have a wonderful week!


  17. Sandy,
    What a lovely, whimsical tablescape!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!


  18. Such a cute table! I loved Frosty too. Is it really only 22 days or less till Christmas!?

  19. I have no idea how I missed this one - but I did. So I'm glad I came hunting for it. I adore all the snowman and snowflakey dishes - everything is fabulous. I think you should serve ice cream snowballs on these pretty dishes. Yummm