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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.

Big J Illinois


Big J Illinois last won the day on November 20

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About Big J Illinois

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  • Birthday February 18

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    To many to tell
  • Location
  • Biography
    No one is a stranger, never met one yet.
  • Interests
    Home improvement, christmas lights, garage sales
  • Occupation
    Blue Collar,Head cook and chief bottle washer
  • About my display
    Growing and always room for one last bulb

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  1. Got ours up and tested, have a few more items to put out, but you get the idea.
  2. Well done!! Love the deer!!!
  3. Big J Illinois

    New characters to add to the display - Toy Story

    Looks GREAT!!!
  4. Big J Illinois

    Grand venture blow mold reindeer antlers?

    Hi, do u have a pic of what you need?
  5. LOVE the snow man!!!! The whole display looks GREAT!!!
  6. Hey Kilo,where did u get the flakes from?
  7. Big J Illinois

    Oregon Forum needs some adrenaline !

    Dj... ohhhh rub that in lolol, good to see different, people on here. What was the temp today?
  8. Big J Illinois

    Huge score

    Nice score!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!
  9. Big J Illinois

    Display so far

    Love it!!
  10. Big J Illinois

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    ZzSeen this while out at the local Wally world,LED battary operated of coarse..
  11. Big J Illinois

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    Yes they do, we picked up all 5 on friday
  12. Big J Illinois

    Pan Asian Creations

    Hey, I live in 61008, and yes, I have seen the plastic bulbs. Walmart carried the 120v version last year, wish I would have snagged more up.
  13. Got the mega tree up today. Used the crank up method this year, what a HUGE differance! !! We also added 2300 more lights to it 20181107_192921.mp4
  14. Has anyone put up there display yet? We r about 60% done. Would be further if the rain and COLD went away lolol. Calling for light snow on Friday. Rrrrrr...