Why you should always carry carrots in your pocket during winter

Four baby carrots inside a ziploc bag. The bag is held by a hand with a winter glove. In the background is a street.

One thing I learned this winter: when there is snow on the ground, always carry a bag of carrots in your pocket.

You never know when you might build an impromptu snowman. The carrot will come in very handy for the nose. You can certainly build a snowman without a carrot nose. The snowman will be happy. People who encounter the snowman will find delight–even when the carrot nose is not on display.

But when there is carrot nose, that is the finishing touch that says SNOWMAN. The carrot nose shows intentionality. It shows that this person came out to build a snowman. Even if you aren’t intending to build a snowman, that baggie of carrots in your pocket will come in handy for such occasions.

And if you don’t end up building a snowman, you can eat the carrots as a yummy snack.

Today’s example

Today we didn’t get a lot of snow, so I wasn’t expecting to make snowmen from any snow chucks on the side of the street. But I figured since there was some snow on the ground, I’d stick to my guidelines of carrying a bag of carrots in my pocket. 

The snow was very well packing, so even though it was a thin layer of snow, it was really easy to roll up three snowballs quickly. 

Tiny snowman on Main Street in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The snowman is made from snow chunks found on the street. The snowman is sitting on a bench with a carrot nose.

How to insert a baby carrot into a tiny snowman head

When you find the carrot difficult to insert into the snowman’s head, here’s a handy trick on how to get that carrot to stick. Take out your keys, and drill a hole into the snowman’s head with one of your keys. The thin metal of a key will drill easily into the snow. Twist the key around, and the teeth on the keys will create exactly the right size hole to insert a carrot into.

Tiny snowman on Main Street in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The snowman is made from snow chunks found on the street. The snowman is sitting on a bench with a carrot nose. Made next to the toy store M & Em's.

Ideas for eyes, mouth, and buttons

The eyes and buttons for this snowman come from broken-up asphalt by the curb. I might need to carry around a baggie of asphalt too! Although, that would be a bit odd to carry around.

What about something from home? I don’t like carrying around actual buttons or objects from home, because when the snowman melts, you end up with trash on the ground. I would prefer materials you’d naturally find on a sidewalk. Like the asphalt pieces.

Or maybe another type of food could work. Perhaps brown M&M’s? Mmmm, now THAT would be a nice snack to carry around.

Other examples of tiny snowmen with a carrot nose

Tiny snowman on Main Street in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The snowman is made from found snow chunks on the street. The snowman is sitting on a bench with a carrot nose. The background is the local-favorite coffeehouse, Blackberry Market
Tiny snowman standing on a sign in front of the Glen Ellyn Public Library. The snowman is made from snow chunks found on the street.

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