If you take a look out of our windows today, you’ll be greeted with a true winter wonderland scene. Despite the glorious sunshine, the overnight frost has outstayed its welcome well into the afternoon, and the grass, paths and rooftops are still blanketed in sparkling white. You could in fact say that we’ve been visited by Jack Frost…
Most people will be familiar with the name Jack Frost, particularly through literature, films and songs. My children have come across him as a dashing hero in The Rise of the Guardians, as a naughty baddie in the Rainbow Magic books and as a (frankly terrifying) snowman in the well-meant, but very odd film Jack Frost. You will have also heard him mentioned about a million times in the last few weeks in The Christmas Song – “…Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”.
It’s actually quite hard to find reference to the origins of Jack Frost, even though he is so often mentioned in modern culture. It’s possible that he originates from Norse winter customs, and probably has connections to stories of Old Man Winter who brings with him the ice and snow in the winter months.
Indeed, Jack Frost is a personification of all things chilly! He’s responsible for all those miserable cold winter mornings when you just want to stay snuggled up in bed. He frosts up your windows and ices the pavement. He’s the reason your dad has to scrape ice off the car with such gusto!
Whilst he is often depicted negatively, Jack Frost can also be praised for the beautiful scenes he creates. From the sparkling white fields and rooftops we’re witnessing today, to the intricate cobweb patterns found upon leaves and hedgerows in late Autumn, Jack Frost really does paint a pretty good picture.
No doubt we will be visited by Jack Frost many more times before Spring finally makes an appearance, so for now I guess we should just enjoy his art, particularly on these days where we don’t have to actually venture out in it.