It is a tradition in my house that from Thanksgiving to Christmas we watch every Christmas story we own (and we own almost every Christmas special ever made) from Christmas Vacation to Elf to Rudolph, we attempt to watch them all; we even have the CBS Christmas special "The House Without a Christmas Tree" with Jason Robards just to show you how extensive our collection has grown. One of my favorite shows is "Frosty the Snowman" as done in the year I was born, 1969, by Rankin/Bass (the pioneers of Christmas greats like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and A Year Without A Santa Claus to name a few) productions. The reason I like Frosty besides him saying "Happy Birthday" every time he comes alive is that at it's heart Frosty is a retelling of the Christ story if Jesus was a Snowman instead of the baby savior of course...think I'm making this up? Here are just a few of the parallels between the Nativity and Frosty the Snowman:
1. Frosty comes to life through a miracle as did Jesus. In Frosty’s case it is through a seemingly un- magical top hat from a terrible magician Professor Hinkle. Only through the combination of the "magical" Christmas snow, the love of the school children AND the magical top hat does Frosty come alive.....As for our lord and savior, his birth is also a miracle (as told in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 1 verses 26-38 -
26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." ...29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." ..... 34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" .... 35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[c] the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God." ... 38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
2. Frosty teaches the school Children about love and fun(the children's life prior to Frosty is painted as unfulfilled with bad magician's aka Professor Hinkle trying to "entertain" them with poor magic) gaining a following that culminates in a joyous parade through the town before he leaves them to go to the north pole (or go on high so to speak)......Jesus, on the other hand, preaches God's word, through out the country gains in a time of unfulfilled false prohpets and substandard magic gaining disciples and a following which culminates the gloriousness of his ministry with a parade into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday before he is taken into custody.
3. Frosty is apparently killed by Professor Hinkle when the Professor snatches the magical hat from Frosty’s head and locks him in the greenhouse full of poinsettias….But when Santa comes and open’s the door of the greenhouse to let the cold wind (or Holy Spirit) pass over the pool of melted Christmas snow, Frosty is resurrected once again…..So was Jesus apparently dead from his crucifixion until he rose three days later to fulfill the prophesy that was foretold in the scriptures.
4. Frosty promises to return every year with Santa. It is stated that Jesus Christ, having been seated at the right hand of the Father, will come again in glory.
I could go on but I think you all get the gist…In this time when a good Christian message is hard to find on Television, it’s good to know that someone is sneaking the actual story of Christmas in the form of a chubby snowman for our kids to learn and watch.