Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Some interesting facts about Rudolph – The Red Nosed Reindeer:

1.       The poem was written by Robert L May, an advertising executive for Montgomery-Ward, in 1939. It was incorporated into a coloring book the store handed out to children. 
2.       In 1949 Robert’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, put music to the poem and Gene Autry recorded it; making it to the #1 spot on Billboard’s pop singles chart the week of Christmas. (I still have a CD of Gene Autry singing it!)
3.       Gene Autry’s recording sold 2.5 million copies the first year and up until 1980’s, it was the second best selling record of all time reaching 25 million copies!  Michael Jackson’s Thriller and The Eagles Greatest Hits bumped it completely off the list.
4.       Rudolph has had two brothers – Ralph (Ralph, the Infra-Red Nosed Reindeer) and Rusty (Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen), a cousin Leroy (Leroy the Redneck Reindeer), and two different sets of parents – Donner and a tan doe with long eyelashes and then later with Blitzen and Mitzi.

Here are a couple of quick little Christmas projects for you today.  This time of year, we all need quick!!

This first one is just a quick little tag that holds a Hershey Nugget.

side view

Punch 2 tags w/tag punch out of Real Red
Cut red cardstock @ 1 3/8” x 2” for bottom; Score @ ½” & 1 ½”
White cardstock – cut @ 1 5/8” x 5/8”
Black cardstock – cut @ 1 ½” x ¼” (belt)
Glitter paper – square ½” x ¼” (buckle)

I wrapped the chocolate with some Designer Paper so it would be a little more festive.

Santa Tag Nugget Holder

This is a cute little note pad made from a bar coaster.  Just adhere some DSP to the coaster with glue.  (I find a glue stick works best for this project.)  Cut some note paper from computer paper and adhere to the coaster with a cute little clip from your local office supply store.  Tie a bow onto the clip and make a tag to hand off of it.  You can also put a magnet on the back and put it on your refrigerator.

Coaster Note Pad


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