From an article I read I found out that the hard to find older Snow Babies were manufactured in the early 1900's in Germany and were only about 3" tall. They were sold in department stores and were very popular.
In 1989 Department 59 started producing the Snow Babies you see in the pictures below. Although larger than the older version they are very sweet. Dealer #85 purchased a collection and they are in the shop right now. Why not start your own collection of one or more of these charming figures.
It's a great gift item too!