Snowman (Photo credit: stevegarfield)
My husband and I love to engage in the winter tradition of building a snowman with our children. The snowperson is carefully constructed and decorated with love. Afterward we head inside for some hot cocoa by the fireplace. Lots of laughter and love, right? This year, however, has shown me that there actually can be unforeseen consequences to this family fun pastime.
Pro: Quality family time engaging in a fun-filled activity with your kids.
Con: Accidentally building the colossal snow person in front of your picture window. At night it gives the illusion that a creepy weirdo is standing outside your window ever so still and watching you. Causes mini-myocardial infarctions each time you pass the window at night.
Pro: The look of sheer joy on the children’s faces at the process and finished product of something they created with you.
Con: As Mr. Frosty melts and refreezes, he starts to look like the person in the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. The snowman stays in this state exponentially longer than he did Frosty.
Edvard Munch – Geschrei – The Scream – 1895 – dithered color, close-up (Photo credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL))
Pro: The pictures and memories that will last long after your children have grown.
Con: You unintentionally build the snowman where the mail carrier likes to take a shortcut through your yard to get to the next house. The mail carrier proceeds to kick or shoulder check Frosty each time he walks past.
Pro: The strengthening of the family bond by continuing the season’s tradition.
Con: The children’s stunned faces when they see the neighbor’s dog urinating on Mr. Frosty.
Pro: Allowing your children the creative space to decorate the snowman on their own.
Con: They decided to decorate it with his face parallel to the road. What you have failed to consider is that from across the street/roadside view, the snowman’s arm looks like a penis. Seriously, the neighbors have made comments…
The moral of the story? Well of course we will continue to build snowmen with our children in the years to come-although the majority of these cons could have been prevented by building him in the back yard. Totally worth it. Happy building! Please commiserate with us and share your snowman fails in the comments below. Thanks for reading.