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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

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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
    Illinois
  • 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

    Lowes Home Improvement skimpy offering

    Hi all, was at Wally World this AM....seen that lamp post everyone talks about...has that horrible glitter on it...comes right off...it is a thicker plastic...not sure how it would hold up in a northern illinois winter..I passed on it....today anyways lolol
  2. Big J Illinois

    What color lighting do you prefer?

    Hey Bull how ya been? I need to get my A#@ is gear to get my display up... been working mids and my side business has takin off...I have 20 deer to restring and haven't even touched them yet...
  3. Big J Illinois

    Really BIG Lights

    Menards sells the plastic bulbs, to this day..the sku is 2840367..we have appx:100 of these. They come with 5 in a set. Have had them for 4 years and they look great. Would like to get brighter bulbs for them.
  4. Big J Illinois

    Best Lights

    Hi and welcome to the site. I buy what's on sale at the end of the season.
  5. Big J Illinois

    Really BIG Lights

    What r the prices Charlie E?
  6. Scan this at check out for 25% off inflatables or candy at Menards....see below
  7. Big J Illinois

    Hay Hey Yall

    Your lights are up already for christmas?
  8. Big J Illinois

    Hay Hey Yall

    I have to go through all the molds, to see what lights up.. lost track of time..
  9. Big J Illinois

    Union Products Cado Toy Soldier

    DAMN!!! That's crazy high..
  10. Big J Illinois

    converting a battery powered to 120V blow mold

    Well done!!!
  11. Big J Illinois

    Fake trees outdoors?

    I have used our old 12ft tree for 3 years now and it looks good yet. Yes there is rust,on the interior branches..use LED lights, plastic bulbs, looks amazing. Never had a fire hazard as it is hooked to a gfci outlet. I wouldnt mind getting more of these I have used our old 12ft tree for 3 years now and it looks good yet. Yes there is rust,on the interior branches..use LED lights, plastic bulbs, looks amazing. Never had a fire hazard as it is hooked to a gfci outlet. I wouldnt mind getting more of these. Hey July, have you looked on govdeals.com?
  12. Big J Illinois

    1968 Frank's Nursery & Trims

    I very good friend of my wife's, used to work at Frank's in ,I believe ,Streamwood....many many years ago!! There where some cool schtufff,there!!!
  13. Big J Illinois

    Seen this today

    I see Ho.e Depot offers another rendition of a mold...battery operated also ...online right now...40 dollars
  14. Big J Illinois

    Amloid candy pails

    Hey Mel, I have the others,other then the purple one,to match the middle ,lower one in my pic
  15. Big J Illinois

    Newest addition.

    Hey Shane, where did you get the pattern from?
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