It's another rather quiet day on the Christian calendar. In the Catholic tradition it is the Feast of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church and a day to celebrate the virtue of friendship. Christmastide does indeed focus us on the memories of family and friends. Over many years the happenings of this season become riveted in our memories as significant and unforgettable emotional events. My thoughts meander over those Christmases past, of friends one time near and dear now lost in time, of family and our traditions in America now reaching their twelfth generation.
I can imagine the joy in the long tradition of children building the first snowman each winter. We boomers in the wave of births following World War II were the first to have an identity for our snowman. His name was Frosty and he rose almost overnight to national fame through a song co-written by Walter E. "Jack" Rollins (1906-1973). America's "Singing Cowboy," Gene Autry recorded the song with the Cass Mountain Boys in 1950. It was an instant hit to be covered by scores of singers over the next sixty years. As an international star in song, print, film, and television, one could say that Frosty's influence has certainly not melted away over the years.