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According to personal diaries and town histories of the Middle Ages, the now familiar and much-anticipated image of a snowman has been around during Winter for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until 1950 that a song about this chap came into popular music, thanks to the writing of Jack Rollins and the vocal chords of Gene Autry.

Since then it has remained a Holiday classic, in part because of its secular appeal in a world where PC holidays have become a huge subject for public debate.

For those of us who simply want to play in the snow, however, the child within cares little about the song or social contrivance. And making a perfect snow man isn’t hard. Snow-people experts tell us that the best snow for fashioning a snowman is not the pretty, light and fluffy kind, but rather the snow that’s slightly damp and therefore more easily compressed.

Snow men have taken a whole new turn with entire scenes being sculpted from snow. Prehistoric animals to presidents faces are all part and parcel of the snow season now.

Having a solid inner core, then makes it much easier for the creator to roll the ball evenly in the remaining snow to add to the size (the small ball naturally sticks to other snow that?s likewise somewhat damp).

Once created, the traditional snowman has a very specific couture. He (or she) bears coal or stones for eyes, sticks for arms, a carrot for a nose, and a hearty collection of winter clothing. This last part seems odd until you realize that the bits of clothing actually help protect the snowman from increasing temperatures, effectively insulating the ice for longevity.

In Modern times, its not surprising to discover that people have taken snowmen to whole new levels. Around the country where weather allows, we now see folks making snow sculptures with snow-people towns, and also ice sculptures. These types of artistic displays are often highly competitive, complete with prizes.

If you’re going for a record, however, snowman building holds a rather impressive one: the tallest snowman in history was made in Maine in 1999.

Aptly name Angus, King of the Mountain, this fellow reached over 113 feet high and came in at the calorie-counting weight of 9,000,000 pounds.
Beat that Frosty.


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