There is one song that is guaranteed to make me well up with tears and choke back a lump in my throat. It’s a tough one, because it is only ever played in open spaces like shopping centres and parties, never on the radio in the privacy of my house or car. What is it?
Celine Dion? Bette Midler? No.
It’s Frosty the Snowman.
Yep. Even though I live in Australia and have only ever known sweltering heat on Christmas day, and am yet to experience a white Christmas, Frosty makes me teary. Thank the Lawd for sunglasses.
Frosty, written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, has a great message in it:
He comes to life because of the children’s innocence and their belief in the magic of Christmas. I remember as a kid truly believing that my soft toys would one day talk to me (and that the posters on my wall could see me – which is another post all together. One of a much more creepy nature.)
When he does come to life he spends his time playing and roaming around the town with the children, playing chasey – which must have been a considerable effort considering that Frosty does not have legs.
Frosty knows that he’s only going to be around for a little while, because the sun is hot, so he sets about having as much fun, and bringing as much joy to others as possible before he has to leave. Isn’t that cool? (no pun intended).
When the time comes for him to go, he asks the children not to cry because fun shouldn’t end in tears (although it always does with my kids!). The focus should be on the memories of all the fun and laughter they shared, rather than on the sadness of having to say goodbye.
Now, is it just me or is that a great metaphor for life?
This is what I take away from Frosty the Snowman:
Magic is all around us if you believe in it and allow it to happen.
Make the effort to bring out your inner kid often – do you remember what it’s like to play chasey or tiggy, laugh at silly things until your tummy cramps and not take life so seriously? We don’t have to be ‘grown ups’ 24 hours a day.
Spend time with those you love – bring joy and happiness into each other’s life.
The ones we love won’t be with us forever, so make the most of your own time, and the time you are lucky enough to share with them.
Thanks so much for your support in 2013. Next year I will be changing the format of the blog again – it will encompass more creative short stories (getting back to my roots!), tips for writers, book and movie reviews and fewer Author Limelights.
Wishing everyone a peace filled Christmas and a magical New Year- may the light of happiness shine upon you and your loved ones! xxxxxx