Frosty the Snowman…
…was a jolly happy soul, with a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal… There must’ve been some magic in that old silk hat they found for when they placed it on his head he began to dance around.
I started singing “Frosty the Snowman” to myself a couple of weeks ago and heard the lyrics for the first time as a milliner would hear them. What does it mean that a hat could bring a snowman to life? Well, the obvious interpretation would be that such a dapper accessory could make anyone – or anything – feel full of the magic of life enough to want to dance.
In the original story, the children build a snowman and, while accessorizing him, they try a couple of old, beat up hats on Frosty but neither hat feels right. Then a shiny silk top hat blows down the street and, when they place it on Frosty’s head, he comes to life. I think the message there for all of us is that utility hats are great but they don’t make us feel special. Fashion hats can do something to turn our moods around and help us hold our heads higher. Is that something we all need? Most days, probably not, though it can make one’s day brighter by feeling put-together and dapper. But haven’t we all had the occasional day where it was a real need to feel empowered and to be reminded by our outward appearance that we are all unique and special on the inside?
Now, I’m certainly not saying we should all judge the world around us by its outward appearance; but no matter how we fight our genes, human nature is inclined to treat better those who are more attractive or appear more powerful. I remember when I first discovered that the simple act of wearing business jackets made me feel more focused and competent, plus it garnered extra attention and respect from those around me. All for wearing a stupid jacket!
I know I may be grasping here, but I believe that most common things reveal deeper meanings when you dig a little past the surface. If we are all the stuff of stars and all matter ultimately comes from the same source, then everything – even the most mundane – has the same importance when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it.
With that in mind, a plain old silk top hat can be as important to the right person at the right time as anything else. If it can bring back the childhood wonder that we all miss, I say put on that statement-making fashion hat and explore your wondrous, confident, and FUN side. After all, what did Frosty do when the hat was placed on his head? He danced.
Happy holidays, everyone!