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  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

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  1. Below are Easter bunnies that Garden Ridge put out a few years ago in Georgia. The large ones I think was 29.99 or 39.99 and small bunny was 19.99.

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  2. What is a good way of putting a 120V light set in a peep? The whole in the back is 1/2" larger than the standard GF light set. Attached are some pictures.

    Richard last year the Cracker Barrel near Atlanta had a shipper store display rack last Easter.

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  3. When I was at the plant I noticed a lot of items that have not been sold in a few years. I made a list of the ones I picked up. I also include some pictures.

    List of some of blow molds I picked up at GFC Norfolk

    Halloween:

    23” light up pumpkin H7009

    36” light up slim pumpkin H7077

    36” Light up Vampire H2202

    Light up bat H1074

    Ghost pail with handle H1280

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    Christmas:

    40” Deluxe Standing Shepherd C61810

    Deluxe Nativity Wisemen C61820

    25X40” Deluxe Camel C61840

    40” Nostalgic Traditional Santa C5990

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    Easter:

    28” Pink Peep Bunny EP5528

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  4. Below are some pictures, I bought a bunch of big wheels and bowling pin sets. For the kids in the family birthdays and for toys for tots. The Big Wheel in the picture was made at the plant except for the metal pins and the lady at the plant said those parts were made at their factory in China. The sleds were made at the plant. They had large sleds and small one. I should have gotten some of the large sleds. The bowling pin set was also made at the plant.

    The last picture shows the large sleds (blue and red) they are right  behind the kids pools. The small sled were behind the large ones

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  5. I was at the Norfolk Plant on Oct 26. The ladies at the plant said they had a buyer for the Halloween pale molds from Michigan. They also used a large part of the warehouse to store pond liners and other things for their sister company Beckett Corp. I got a small tour of the plant from a gentleman that worked at the plant for over 30 years. He showed me around and said he had made the last blow mold on Oct 13,2017. The four workers I talked to had all worked at the plant for over 30+years each. I just hope they were all able to find good paying work. Attached are some pictures.

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