here he comes now, the big ham

i'm too much!

Hello! Welcome to Mr. White Christmas, a small tribute to one of the iconic Christmas characters of Rankin/Bass, Snow Miser. He appears in the classic stop-motion special The Year Without a Santa Claus, and alongside his brother Heat Miser, has become a much beloved figure of the winter holiday season. The idea of making a site to one or both Miser Brothers had been floating around my head for a while, and when one day my good friend Cherri said she'd want to make tributes to them together, I knew it was a project we had to pursue! Thus, this site was born in December of 2014.

This is a one-page tribute, so everything you need is right here, just keep scrolling! I also want to note that, for the time being, this site only focuses on Snow Miser as he appears in The Year without a Santa Claus (1974) and not A Miser Brothers' Christmas or the live-action version which I like to pretend doesn't exist. I hope you enjoy your stay, no matter the weather or time of year. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

♥ Sarah
Part of OMD ; Listed at Amassment & Imagination

B R O T H E R   S I T E


January 15, 2015: Added an avatar section, some images to the Relationships section, and a new affiliate.
December 30, 2014: We are open for business! Site needs a little more work, but is presentable nonetheless. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

the year without a santa claus

when santa claus took a holiday

The Year Without a Santa Claus is a Christmas special created by Rankin/Bass, famous for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Jack Frost, and many other stop-motion holiday-themed animations. (Though they also have done traditional animations and non-holiday ones, too, like The Hobbit.) It was released in 1974 and still airs on TV today, around Christmas, of course. Mickey Rooney stars as Santa, with Shirley Booth as Mrs. Claus, Dick Shawn as Snow Miser, and George S. Irving as Heat Miser.

The story takes place shortly before Christmas many years ago. Santa is under the weather; this, combined with him being convinced that no one believes in him anymore, results in his decision to cancel Christmas. While Santa may have lost the faith, Mrs. Claus is not giving up that easily. She, along with Santa's two top elves (Jingle and Jangle), a young boy named Iggy, and the weather-controlling Miser Brothers, all play a part in changing Santa's mind. It's really a fantastic story, and if you love Christmas, you are sure to love this special. If you haven't seen it (gasp!), you can always catch it on ABC Family during the month of December, or it is also available on DVD so you can watch it any time you want. :)

an intro to snow miser

he's mr. white christmas, he's mr. snow...

  Name: Snow Miser
  Nickname: Snowy
  Controls: Weather in the northern part of the world
  Powers/Abilities: Snow, Ice, Cold weather
  Family: Heat Miser, Brother; Mother Nature, Mother
  Allies: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus
  Voice: Dick Shawn
Snow Miser, or Snowy, as Mrs. Claus tends to call him, is one of the two Miser Brothers who control the world's weather. Snow is reponsible for the northern half of the world. As such, he is the one who makes it snow and creates ice and sleet. You know, cold weather and all its effects. He lives in an ice castle and has lots of little minions (who look like a smaller version of Snow) who help him. Snow Miser carries a staff and wears a blue shirt, silver pants, scarf, and on occasion, a hat. His hair appears like ice and his long nose has icicles dripping from it. He is a cheerful character, and likes to make lots of cold-related puns.


the song

Snow Miser has his own theme/introduction song, as does Heat Miser. If you can watch each of their scenes without singing along, you either have a lot of self-control or no Christmas spirit! Or maybe you don't know the words. In that case, here are the lyrics to Snow Miser's theme song. Regular text is Snow Miser singing, italics are the minions/chorus.

I'm Mister White Christmas, I'm Mister Snow.
I'm Mister Icicle; I'm Mister Ten below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, whatever I touch,
Turns to snow in my clutch.
I'm too much.

He's Mister White Christmas, he's Mister Snow.
That's right!
He's Mister Icicle; he's Mister Ten below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, whatever I touch,
Turns to snow in my clutch.
I'm too much.

I never want to know a day that's over 40 degrees,
I'd rather have it 30, 20, 10, 5 and let it freeze!

He's Mister White Christmas, he's Mister Snow.
That's right!
He's Mister Icicle; he's Mister Ten below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, whatever I touch,
Turns to snow in my clutch.
Too much.
Too much!


the fun-loving snowman

Snow Miser is a very cheerful and friendly character, with a personality that is far from the coldness associated with him. He loves to make puns related to the cold and he seems to enjoy his job of creating wintery weather very much. He happily agrees when Mrs. Claus asks him to make it snow, and only retracts when he finds out he wouldn't be able to make it snow (in South Town) anyway due to his brother. Snow Miser has a jokester personality for sure, as aside from the puns he makes he also likes to poke fun at his brother. He'll blast Heat Miser with a cold spell and tease him about his blood pressure without any hesitation. While these remarks bother Heat, Snow doesn't show much annoyance at his brother's comebacks. I think a lot of this says what a carefree fellow he is, too. And this quote sums him up well:
"If I can't have a little fun, I might as well leave."
He can also be stubborn, but this only seems to be the case when he has to cooperate with Heat. Generally, though, he is one fun snowman with a warm supply of humor.

role and impact

everyone has a part to play

Snow Miser plays an important part in the story, as he is responsible for making it snow in South Town. Because of the snow, the Mayor of South Town was convinced that Santa is real and he calls all the other Mayors in the country to give Santa a holiday.

Both Miser Brothers may not actually appear in the movie for very much time, but they both have a lasting impression and contribute greatly to the story. Each with their introductory songs and their bickering attitudes toward one another make them memorable characters who add laughs and enjoyment to TYwoaSC. In fact, the two are so beloved and such cult favorites that they were given a special of their own, A Miser Brothers' Christmas, in 2008. That is 34 years after their first appearance, which in my opinion says a lot about how loved and enduring these brothers are.

heat miser, the brother

oh my goodness, speak of the devil

Heat Miser is Snow Miser's brother. Now, sometimes he is referred to as Snow's step brother and other times he is just referred to as a brother. What the actual status is, I'm not sure. But at the end of the day, I'd like to think a brother - whether step-, half-, or full-blooded - is a brother. So that bit of information may not be too relevant. As you'll see, the Misers get along like any brothers do, so labels aren't important.

Snow Miser and Heat Miser are opposites in many ways. This makes for a very rocky, albeit entertaining, relationship between the two. In fact, their interactions are one of the best parts of TYwoaSC. (In my opinion, at least.) Put them within sight of each other and they are certain to mock each other and even exchange some heat rays and snowballs.

Despite their differences, I'm sure they don't hate each other. Now, I don't have any brothers myself, but I do have sisters, and I know that bickering between siblings is completely normal and may probably even be considered healthy. Besides, nothing that the two of them do is dangerous or even really mean-spirited. It's just a natural sibling rivalry that stems from them each controlling one part of the world and having opposite powers.

As Heat brings up, too, their mother probably plays a part in their rilvalry as well. Heat believes that Mother Nature likes Snow best, and this is bound to cause hard feelings on Heat's part. However, from the short interaction we see between mother and sons, they are both treated equally. Mother Nature expects both of them to compromise and allow cold in the south and warmth in the north. She also refers to both Miser Brothers as "nasty little boys". I'm sure at the end of the day she just wishes they would get along, so she would likely avoid doing anything to cause a rift between the two (like playing favorites).

All in all I think their relationship is fine. They could be nicer to each other, but they could also be a lot worse. And they've shown that they can work together to help others in time of need, even if they do need a little persuading.


friends call me snow miser

Mrs. Claus

Snow Miser gets along great with Mrs. Claus. He refers to her as "my little icicle" at one point, and is friendly and welcoming toward her. He also is happy to make it snow when she asks. I don't think he appreciates very much when she goes over his head and gets his mother involved in the snow-in-South-Town situation, but it's hard to blame Mrs. Claus for doing so, as her reasons were good.

Santa Claus

Snow and Santa aren't seen interacting at all, but I imagine they have a friendly relationship. Santa's association with cold weather is good for Snow, and Snow even says he loves Santa a lot for it. He does invite Mrs. Claus and Santa to his castle, so I like to imagine the three of them having a nice visit over cocoa now and then. Hehe.

Mother Nature

Mother Nature is mother to Snow and Heat. Before she is introduced, it's made out that she is someone to be nervous around. But she ends up being quite nice and accomodating. She's also a good mother who just wants her children to behave and do the right thing. Snow (as well as Heat) refers to her as "Mother Dear" and attends to her when he arrives at her house. Although he doesn't want to do what she tells him at first, he does give in. Who can say no to their own mother, anyway? Especially when your mom is Mother Nature...


freezedom of expression

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about the site

don't be such a stranger

This site was opened on December 30, 2014. Without my good friend Cherri, I highly doubt I would have made it. Though I'd tossed around the idea of making a site to one or both of the Misers for a while, it wasn't until Cherri said she would like to make Miser shrines together that I really got inspired. This was sometime in the spring of 2014, and we did not get around to really discussing the sites until months later. We decided to open them in December, as that is Christmastime. I love both Misers, but was happy to take Snow while Cherri took Heat. I guess it makes sense since I live in a cold part of the country and Cherri lives where it is warmer! I'm so glad we took on this project and I hope you enjoy it, too. :)

The layout was designed in PSP9 and coded in Notepad. Credits for resources used can be found here. The font used in the layout image is Christmas on Crack.


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