Most parts of the world snowman is one of the best signs that winter and Christmas are almost upon us. It’s not something that we can praise of too much, given that to make a real snowman we need such one cold and white precipitation which here in Portugal is as rare as the hot nights in December.
These snow sculptures are usually made by children during holidays with friends or family. The modeling of such a made came to us from good old days when kids invented a winter game that originated from snow cleaning. For those who did not know, the easiest way to clear the snow during defrost is roll it into a globe, technique from which the first snowmen were made.
The former illustrations of snowmen date early nineteenth century and the first original photo that was kept to this day was taken in 1853, a mere fifteen years after the invention of photography. But even if that seems way too far and there is no clear reference to where and when this icy tradition first appeared, some of the pages in the renowned Book of Hours has their margins decorated with designs that include the figures of snowmen coming directly from the Middle Ages.
We now know that in many countries this tradition has immense value and attention, including the dedication and the magic of the statues, palaces and other magnificent structures that are made to beautify the strictest one of seasons. One of the biggest snowmen ever made was in 1999 in Bethel, state of Maine, in the USA. He was named “Angus, King of the Mountain” in honor of Angus King, who was then governor of Maine. The snowman was 35 meters tall and weighed more than 4,000 tons.
If you have the opportunity, take advantage of these days of vacation to do something different with your lovedones and do not forget to take gloves so you don’t freeze your hands. But for those who think about spending Christmas next to a fireplace, here are some offerings from our online store so that nothing goes wrong on your holiday.
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