As the snowflakes were gently falling from a pearly grey sky on a Sunday afternoon here in Ontario, I wondered when did the First Snowman actually appear and have people always built them?
Well, it turns out that snowmen are a popular Christmas and winter sculpture made of two or three balls of snow. The actual first snowman photo was taken in the 1800’s which seems like a very long time ago. Well known famous artists got in on the snowman popularity and created snowmen sculptures and according to Readers Digest, ” 19-year-old Michelangelo, in 1494 was commissioned by the ruler of Florence, Italy, to sculpt a snowman in his mansion’s courtyard. “
It turns out that way back into the Middle Ages snowmen were an expression of winter art. Later on Snowmen were photographed and the earliest known photograph of a snowman was actually taken in 1853 by Welsh photographer Mary Dillwyn, the original of which is in the collections of the National Library of Wales.
Famous snowmen include: the Bonhomme de Neige, a snowman mascot at the Carnival de Quebec, Frosty the snowman animation, and the lovely animated book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
Here are my top five tips for building your own snowman:
Find a fresh snowfall, try rolling a snowball first to see if its the right kind of snow for making a giant snowball. If it rolls well make your first snowball base for the snowman. Make a second or third ball and stack it onto the first one add handfuls of snow to pack the balls flatter on top of one another. Choose your very own decorations for the eyes, nose and mouth of the snowman and add a hat or scarf and a pair or branches or mittens for the hands. Have fun creating your very own snowman sculpture. You could even make him a snowdog for company.