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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 May 6

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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
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  • 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. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Thanks again Mel
  2. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Hey Donna and Mel...do you have a pic ,of the elusive "skull candle" blowmold..
  3. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    I wish I could go...only 15hrs away lolol... I would like a crack shot at painting one, to my liking..
  4. Big J Illinois

    Thank you, ALL!

    We are SOOOO sorry for your loss Jerry manmany thoughts for you and your family:) Let's remember the good times and he isn't in, any pain anymore:)
  5. Big J Illinois

    Thank you, ALL!

    Many prayers!! That is such a long time!! That is a LOT of love!!
  6. Big J Illinois

    Union lollipops

    Good even all, dumb question. I have the red Union lollipop...did they ever make a green,blue,yellow,orange ect,or am I chasing my tail Thanks J
  7. Big J Illinois

    Just got these today and friday

    If you find where,these candleholder are at, let me know please
  8. Big J Illinois

    Just got these today and friday

    Found these today at garage sales. Could anyone point me to the direction, of the trumpets I need..
  9. Big J Illinois

    Grand Venture New unpainted molds!!

    $30 and I have to paint it?? Kind of high, would have more business if they where 20 or less...not so sure of its going to fly. People want things done ,already painted..
  10. Big J Illinois

    Just got these today and friday

    Yes, it is a BECO name. Sorry for the confusion:)
  11. Big J Illinois

    Just got these today and friday

    Yes they are LED ,battary operated. I intend to keep these,that way. My goal is to have special , last GF made products, with tags on them.
  12. Big J Illinois

    Just got these today and friday

    Picked these up this weekend ,was a trade for another mold,even up. Don't have these and they want premo $$$ . Crazy how the prices have gone crazy!!
  13. Big J Illinois

    Just got these today and friday

    YES!! THANK YOU:):)
  14. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Sounds like they may make them? I have 29 of them, want more!!
  15. Big J Illinois

    Check out blowmolds for sale

    I do have blowmolds for sale. Contact me for questions. Located in 61008 Thanks J