The First Snowman

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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 artist Michelangelo, in 1494 was commissioned by the ruler of Florence, Italy, to sculpt a snowman in his mansion’s courtyard. 

Famous snowmen include: the Bonhomme Carnaval, a well known snowman mascot at the Carnaval 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.

Smart Christmas Trees a Reality

Oh Christmas tree

There is a place in Canada that is busy creating and improving the average balsam fir tree and this place is the Christmas Tree Research Centre in Nova Scotia. It is where Dalhousie University’s Raj Lada is the director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre. At the Centre they have been busy creating the SMART balsam tree that can actually hold its needles for up to three months!

It turns out that needle retention is very important for Christmas tree producers and fortunately the Christmas tree capital of the world for balsam fir trees can be found in Nova Scotia which also has a perfect climate for growing them.

At the Christmas Tree Research Centre they believe that the SMART balsam tree will revolutionize the Christmas tree production and exporting possibilities. According to Lada’s team in 2019 they will begin planting them. It really is then a Christmas dream come true for many who dislike sweeping up tree needles during the festive season.