A snowman’s favourite things

PUBLISHED: 11:40 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 04 December 2018

The Snowman

The Snowman


We asked our very own Snowman to reveal his top cultural picks

As the first snowflakes begin to fall, imaginations whirl into action and ideas for ambitious snow creations fill the minds of children (and plenty of adults) alike.

Building a snowman (or snowwoman or snowdog or snowcat) has long been one of the great joys of childhood – firmly ensconced in festive tradition and featuring in countless books and films, and of course, back gardens.

No-one knows for sure who built the first snowman, but historians believe it goes back to medieval times, when the first illustration of a man made of snow was discovered in a book dating from around 1380.

Here, our very own Norfolk snowman shares some of his fashion tips, favourite television shows, films, music and books which keep him going throughout the year until it is time to return with the eagerly anticipated snowfall.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, published by Penguin Books, penguin.co.ukThe Snowman by Jo Nesbo, published by Penguin Books, penguin.co.uk

What I am reading

To get in the festive spirit, I always read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, it’s a classic which just gets better with time. As modern page-turners go, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo had me on the edge of my seat.

The English Whiskey Company, St George’s Distillery, RoudhamThe English Whiskey Company, St George’s Distillery, Roudham

What I am wearing

Snowmen don’t need a big wardrobe, but there are a few essentials – buttons for our invisible coats and a warm hat and scarf, like this Hackett one from Jarrold. I head to Norwich market early in the morning to get a carrot or tangerine for my nose.

Sledging on Mousehold Heath.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSledging on Mousehold Heath. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

What I am singing along to

I obviously enjoy a spot of Walking in the Air, I know it word for word. But what I really love are the swing classics, the soundtrack of my Christmas. My favourite is Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow. I sing it at the top of my voice.

Hackett plaid scarf, from JarroldHackett plaid scarf, from Jarrold

What I am listening to

I love atmospheric, wintry music like Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal and Smith & Burrows’ When the Thames Froze. I also love science podcasts, in particular Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox and Robin Ince. And I never miss the weather forecast.

Where I love going

If the white stuff falls I head to Mousehold Heath in Norwich for some top sledging, followed by some skating on the Norwich Ice Rink at the Castle Mall. Then I would stroll through the city’s tunnel of lights – it reminds me of the Northern Lights I get to enjoy back home.

What I am eating

I like to sneak into Lakenham Creamery for some delicious ice cream, especially the spiced orange and cranberry. They have an exciting new flavour for Christmas too. Every Snowman needs a tipple, so I pop into The English Whisky Company for a bottle of The English Smokey – straight with ice.

What I am watching

I love Frozen and The Snowman; they gave us a real platform. But I am a traditionalist and love It’s a Wonderful Life. I love box sets over the summer, particularly Fargo, dark and funny – and lots of snow. At Christmas I never miss the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, they get better and better.

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