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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
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  • 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.
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    I recently purchased my first gravestones for this year's Halloween display. They are your standard foam stones that you can find all over. I was planning on having them on display all of October (beginning tomorrow), but someone suggested to me that they may not hold up very well since they are only made of styrafoam.

    Would you guys reccomend limiting the time they are out? Has anyone had any durability issues in the past?

    Thanks for the help.


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    You can put them out and they will last if you anchor them properly. The problem with the styrofoam stones is that they come with those ridiculously puny wire posts that you insert in the bottom. A good stiff wind and the styro tears right off. I have made my own but have also modified the store bought ones. One way to do it is to attach two more pieces of styro to the back. Cut one to fit the bottom and one to fit at about midpoint. Stack them on top of each other, and drill two holes several inches apart, straight down through both of them. You can paint the additions to match (do not use spray paint, it will eat right through..latex house paint works best) These pieces can easily be glued on to the back of the stones (use the glue for styro insulation found at big box stores). Stand your stone up, an drive either two pieces of rebar or a stout dowel through the pre-drilled holes and into the ground. Seems like work, but the stones will stay in place and I have found they stand up to really ferocious winds without a problem.

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    Cheap dowels @ walmart, .30/ea and a box of wooden ground stakes @ lowes (24 for $5). Replace the cheap wires holders with the new dowels, put 2 or 3 in each tomb. Then drive a stake behind each for extra durability. Been real windy here the last 3 days and the tombs are still hanging in there :)

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