Travish: Is Frosty the Snowman non-fiction, or is it just based on a true story?
[Christmas Libarian Specialist 08:52:34]: Librarian ‘(Censored)’ has joined the session.
[CLS 08:53:44]: Hmmmm … I’ll have to research that one. What’s the version of the Frosty story you’re asking about?
[CLS 08:54:09]: The classic Rankin-Bass?
[TRAVISH 08:54:16]: the one in the song. my favorite version is the one that says he’ll be back on Christmas Day
[CLS 08:54:19]: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064349/
[CLS 08:55:57]: OK. Let’s turn to the song – perhaps there are clues there …
[CLS 08:56:44]: “Frosty the snowman is a fairytale they say
He was made of snow but the children
know how he came to life one day”
[TRAVISH 08:57:44]: if it is just based on a true story, then some of that may just be made up. Example: instead of children it could have been adults, and instead of a silk hat it could have been a felt hat
[CLS 08:57:58]: Based on this, it would appear that the majority opinion is against Frosty having ever come to life – one day, or for any duration of time.
[TRAVISH 08:58:48]: i’m pretty sure it was AT LEAST based on a true story though, even if it is not a work of complete non-fiction
[TRAVISH 08:59:48]: was there ever any story about the day he came back?
[CLS 09:00:38]: The Christmas Encyclopedia mentions a sequel:
[CLS 09:01:33]: see “Frosty Returns”
[CLS 09:02:00]: or “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland”
[TRAVISH 09:02:03]: It says in “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” that Frosty gets married! That blows my mind!!!
[CLS 09:04:14]: It’s worth mentioning that the entry doesn’t say whether it’s a reality show, or based on a true story or not.
[TRAVISH 09:05:07]: it really is a mystery!
[TRAVISH 09:05:30]: note: i don’t mean the genre is mystery, i mean that it is a mystery about how treu the story is
[CLS 09:08:31]: I’m still looking for a definitive answer …
[CLS 09:09:54]: I see in Google Books mentions of snow golem and the like, but the descriptions all chalk it up to myth …
[TRAVISH 09:11:10]: Frosty might have been a snow golem? Interesting.
[CLS 09:13:21]: The book “Canadian Christmas Traditions: Festive Recipes and Stories”
https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1459405609 (DeeAnn Mandryk – 2013) considers Frosty as a symbol:
“… of birth, death, and resurrection so indelibly associated with Winter solstice. snowmen, like Frosty, continue to symbolize this magic …”
[CLS 09:15:34]: But just because Frosty’s a symbol that doesn’t negate the possiblity of there ever having been a snowman (named Frosty or otherwise) that came to life one day.
[TRAVISH 09:16:00]: That’s my point exactly!
[CLS 09:20:30]: Here’s a book that states (more or less) proving the actual existence of Frosty is as difficult as proving the existence of God:
[CLS 09:20:44]: Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines …
By Steve Stewart-Williams
[CLS 09:23:00]: Certainly it’s easy enough to say ‘God did it.’ However, it’s just as easy to say ‘Frosty the Snowman did it.’ The Frosty hypothesis explains things in precisely as much detail as the God hypothesis, and is therefore precisely as good an explanation.
[TRAVISH 09:26:45]: Well THANK you for all of this information, it should really help with my report (three  pages MINIMUM, typed)
[CLS 09:28:14]: Glad to be of at least some help.
[CLS 09:28:41]: Sorry I can’t offer a definitive answer.
[TRAVISH 09:28:44]: Patron ended chat session.
[CLS 09:30:44]: I hope this helps. Feel free to write back if you have other questions. Goodbye.
Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say, but in my libary fairy tales are in the NON-fiction section!