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3rd December, Jack Frost

December 3, 2011
by Paul Bommer

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and folks dressed up like Eskimos.”

In English folklore, Jack Frost appears as an elfin creature who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather but his origins stem from Scandinavian legend where he was named Jokul Frosti, meaning Icicle Frost, by the Norse Vikings. He is renowned for his artistic talents, while sneaking through towns late at night, painting beautiful frost designs on windows and over the winter leaves and grass – as well as nipping noses, fingers and toes wherever he can!

The verse above is, of course, from the “Christmas Song”, written and composed by Torme and Wells in 1946 and most famously sung by Nat “King” Cole.

Wrap up warm!

Illustration copyright © Paul Bommer

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Rhianwen Guthrie permalink
    December 3, 2011

    Ah, I love this one! Can’t wait to see the next…

  2. Judy (from Israel) permalink
    December 5, 2011

    I love it too! Brings back so many wonderful memories of my childhood in the 50s – barefoot on the window-ledge, scraping at Jack Frost inside the bedroom window!!!
    Thank you!

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