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Advent Calendar for Grown-ups

by Paul Bommer

DECEMBER 3 Jack Frost

Jack Frost

Illustration by Paul Bommer
Used by permission

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

In English folklore, Jack Frost appears as an elfin creature who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather but it appears his origins stem from Scandinavian legend where he was named Jokul Frosti, meaning Icicle Frost, by the Norse Vikings. He is renowned for his artistic talents while sneaking through towns late at night painting beautiful frost designs on windows and over the winter leaves and grass. As well as nipping noses, fingers and toes wherever he can!

The verse above is, of course, from the Christmas Song, written and composed by Torme and Wells in 1946 and most famously song by Nat 'King' Cole.

Wrap up warm!

From Paul Bommer: Illustration, design & Print-making. Used by permission.

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