I found myself in a Christmas shop on Decatur St. in the Quarter last October. My son in-law and I were wandering around when we came across a sizable display we didn’t recognize. There were books, ornaments, plush toys, coloring books etc. of a snowman in a flying pose. We joked about ‘Frosty on steroids’ as we tried to figure out what this was. There were a lot of items with this theme so, it must have meant something. As we joked a store employee passed behind us and in a somewhat indignant tone informed us “That’s Mr. Bingle”.
In this way I was introduced to the lore of Mr. Bingle, Christmas Icon.