The Snow Gentlemen - Briggs vs. Lewis

Who is your favourite snowman? Frosty? He's okay in his way. But there are really only two contenders for us: Raymond Briggs' The Snowman and the un-named John Lewis snowman from their current Christmas advertising campaign. Both extol the virtues of a gentleman. They're snow gentlemen.

Briggs' The Snowman - The Old Guard

Representing the old guard, Briggs' snowman has been with us now for 30 years in animated form. As you will recall, he was the one befriended by David Bowie. He'll be back with us again this Christmas Eve in a new cartoon called The Snowman and The Snowdog. From the look of the TV schedules, pretty much the only thing worth watching over Christmas here in the UK.

Tweedy's Christmas Viewing Tip: If you're stuck for entertainment over Christmas, I'd also recommend the Christmas Celebration from Shoreditch Town Hall that was televised a couple of years ago. Magical.

Lock & Co. Hat

You've been admiring that terrific hat on The Snowman's head. I couldn't say for sure that he shops at Lock & Co., one of our finest hatters, but I present a nice tweed hat from Lock's below. Don't let the kids put it on their snowman. This one's strictly for your bonce.

John Lewis Snowman - The New Wave

The new wave of British snowmen is represented in the John Lewis film below. Our svelte snow-hero undertakes a brave and hazardous journey to purchase a scarf as a Christmas gift for his wife.

Full of charm, the advert's been a huge hit here in the UK. Will he return next year?

Tweedy's Open Invite: Both snowmen would be welcome at Tweed Towers any time. We'd make sure the central heating was on low.

Cordings Holyrood Tartan Scarf

Continuing with the snowman chic, it's covered in snow but the John Lewis snowman's scarf looks like a blueish tartan from here. Cordings do a smashing lambswool tartan scarf in this colour scheme.


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