New Orleans Christmas Memory
One of my favorite New Orleans Christmas memories is this stuffed snowman, Mr. Bingle, a character created by the long gone New Orleans department store, Maison Blanche. This little guy appeared in all of their Christmas ads for years.
His story goes like this and I quote:
When Santa left his shop one day he found a snowman near his sleigh. "you'll be my helper now", he said, and tapped the little fellow's head. The snowman found that he could talk, "look Santa, I can even walk!" And then he gave a little sigh... "Oh, I wish I could fly!"
So Santa gave him holly wings, then looking at his Christmas things, found ornaments the very size to make shiny eyes. Then Santa said, "You need a hat, an ice cream cone's just right for that. And keep this candy cane with you, you'll see what magic it can do!" The snowman laughed and sang a jingle, so Santa named him "Mr. Bingle". That's how it happened. Now he's here for us to enjoy throughout the year.