December 12, 2009

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN ~ Lost in Translation

I received a visit from my pal Marilyn over at A Lot of Loves today, and returned the favor with a visit to her lovely blog. She had a delightful post about her family’s animatronic snowman with an adorable video of her children dancing along and swaying their hips to the tune. It reminded me of another, less talented, linguistically challenged snowman that my husband and I received as a “bonus gift” from a travelling salesman when we owned our store.

This Frosty hails from China, and is for all intents and purposes benign and an adequate representation of the classic Christmas character. But, wait! Apparently something was lost in translation when his melody was recorded. Here are the “lyrics” as best as we’ve been able to interpret them:

"Frosty the Snowman

Was a Happy, Tolly Shmoe

With a Coined-up Pipe

And a Boddon Nose

And two Eye made I Don’t Know!"

We are, of course, completely enamored with this Misfit Toy! So much so, that Frosty has become the principal player in a game of “Snowman Tag” that we’ve had going with my brother and his wife for several years now. The object is to get the snowman to the other person’s house without their knowing it. Frosty cannot be sent through the mail or by a parcel service. My brother used to live in Las Vegas, but now lives with his family in NYC, so the challenge has increased (as we’re on the California coast).

Frosty has mysteriously shown up on our doorstep, our balcony, and in our luggage several times. He was delivered to my brother at work, when he was the GM at Rum Jungle in Mandalay Bay. He has arrived, shrink-wrapped with a palette of kitchen tile, and “materialized” in the trunk of my brother’s car. Frosty is currently in our possession. I grew irritated by his cheerful smirk as he sat perched upon a pile of miscellaneous in my office (a.k.a. the junk room) all summer long, and I finally shoved him in a box, which I promptly added to the stack in the garage. Out of sight; out of mind. Thank you, Marilyn, for reminding me that it’s time for Frosty to take on The Big Apple!

Happy Holidays to all the Tolly Shmoes out there!
May your coined-up pipe be full of good cheer, and Jack Frost go easy on your Boddon Nose!


  1. That song is just so funny and the I Don't Know was so clear that you have to think it wasn't a mistake at all. They thought they had it right!

    I love your game that you play in getting the snowman to your brother's house. That is brilliant fun!

  2. I LOVE IT! I want a BUDDON nose and how does one get to be a Tolly Shmoe! I want to join the club!

  3. Oh. My. Goodness. I want that snowman SO BAD.

  4. Ahh,

    I love it when my children sing songs, and screw up the words. We crack up so hard in the car that I have to really watch the road.

  5. What a fun tradition. I'm always up for a good challenge. It sounds like your family is very creative.

  6. Haha! That is so funny. Maybe I should play pass the Frosty with mine too. (Although truly my kids are just nuts for the thing. It was played at least 20 more times today.)

  7. Oh how funny! We have one of those ongoing tag games with my brother and the item is a handheld wet/dry vac. It feels so good when you figure out the perfect way to get it back to them!! :)


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