It seems that no Christmas passes in Britain without The Snowman appearing on TV! Sung by Aled Jones when he was just a nipper, it's pretty seminal, I'd say. If you don't know The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, which was originally a beautiful children's book, it's a cartoon about a boy who builds a snowman that then comes to life. The snowman flies through the air, taking him on a beautiful Christmas journey. It's stunning animation. Take look at this excerpt from the video.
Basically, if anyone bursts into "We're walking in the air," I think most UK TV owners will know what they're referencing. For me, the film captures the essence of a child's festive dreams. In fact, those dreams are somewhat echoed by the mood of the festive season in Britain. My Jake picked up on this when he was first in the UK for Christmas. He couldn't believe how happy and relaxed everyone was as a community. Be it in the stores, the restaurants, the pubs, the streets, there's a sense of sparkle and wellbeing in December. It's a mood I still miss when I don't go home for the holidays, and it's one I didn't realize was cultural until I experienced the holidays elsewhere.
It does indeed feel like walking on air!
You can buy the Snowman by Raymond Briggs here, or watch it on YouTube. There is also a beautiful one with an introduction from David Bowie.