Nighttime view of the ice-man. Jan 2014.
For the last few years, my nieces have given their grandma a very unique and very special gift for Christmas. Huge icicles form at my brother-in-law and nieces' house and, once they get really big (like 4 feet high and a foot or so thick), they carefully break off the huge icicle and begin carving a snowman out of ice.
My 9- and 10-year old nieces used a drill to make holes for the stick arms and then they found a few bolts from their dad's garage for eyes and a nose. And, to make this ice-man really stand out, they lit him up from the inside by driling holes up his back and placing a set of battery-powered LED lights inside like an icy spine.
Luckily it stays well below freezing for most of the winter so this ice-man has a season-long lifespan. Alice is really going to have to step it up with her Christmas gifts to Grama to compete with the creativity of this gift!