The snowman is one of the world's most popular and recognizable icons. Since my daughter was small we have collected lots of snowman figurines and plush toys for under the tree. One of the most fun things about living in the north is seeing all the snowmen pop up everywhere after a snow storm. It is amazing how talented some of the snowman creators can be.

Wonder how long this took? How many people?

Years ago when I was a teen I was helping the neighbor kids make a giant snowman in their yard. We made a 6 ft tall mound of snow. But instead of making three round balls of snow it was just tall. The kid's dad came outside and with a butcher knife he carved a giant kangaroo out of the snow mound we made.

It was fascinating watching Mr. Kielwasser wield that knife into such a cool character. It kind of looked like the ornament below. Wish I had shot a photo of it. The kangaroo was really tall and so cool.

A snowman is an anthropomorphic snow sculpture. They are customarily built by children as part of a family project in celebration of winter. In some cases, participants in winter festivals will build large numbers of snowmen. Because a snowman is situation-specific, it is a good example of popular installation art.

Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman documented snowmen from medieval times, by researching artistic depictions in European museums, art galleries, and libraries. The earliest documentation he found was a marginal illustration from a work titled Book of Hours from 1380.

Check out this crazy bus driver running over a snowman with the bus!

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