National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Department 56 -Cousin Eddie’s RV
From the Motion picture National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
The Christmas Vacation Scene is not complete without Cousin Eddie’s RV arriving on fumes to the Griswold House. Hand crafted in Ceramic, a built in battery pack illuminates the interior and strands of lights that decorate the top. Other finishing touches include the acrylic windows and painting it to look authentically dirty.
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One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow. All evening, the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked. Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings. The rest is history.
The company behind the villages.
Over thirty years ago, Department 56 began as part of Bachman’s, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis. Bachman’s used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The number assigned to wholesale gift imports division was, you guessed it, 56.
Now headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Department 56 has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for our hand-crafted lighted villages, figurines and extensive lines of holiday and home decorative products.
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|Dimensions||7.87 x 2.76 x 3.54 in|