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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 August 2

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About Big J Illinois

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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

    Rope Light Sign

    Ahoy, we made a 4x25 MERRY CHRISTMAS sign,from incan rope lights
  2. Big J Illinois

    1958 Mold Craft Reindeer and Santa in Sleigh set

    Looks great!! I would keep it
  3. Big J Illinois

    Wireless remote control for Christmas lights

    Do those work, with high current though?What's the ratings of the relays,in amps?
  4. Big J Illinois

    Mega tree topper

    Hi all, planning on another mega tree this year. I am looking for a pulley style, crank up style. The size pip I see online is for a 1 1/4" pipe..I want a 2", and have a 2"pipe for the mega tree we have. I am looking for a slide up 16 hook head and the top pulley. I will need 2 sets of these. If anyone has a site and item number, send me a contact Thanks J
  5. Big J Illinois

    What's everyone working on for this year?

    I LOVE the Mr Potato head as well!!!
  6. Big J Illinois


    Welcome all!!
  7. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Let's hope the crappy glitter isn't back this year on the Gemmys...looked great, just don't hold up to an outdoor ,Northern Illinois winter
  8. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Not going to worry about the scrooges..this year will be a better year in the decorating dept also
  9. Big J Illinois

    new forum layout

    Hey, christmas stuff by me goes FAST, especially the molds
  10. Big J Illinois

    new forum layout

    Hey Bull, I am on here ocasionaly ...not as much since the new lay out..
  11. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Pretty sad that people steal our molds. They are hard to find anymore, as the junkies have snagged them up and have them listed for a mint.Makes me nt want, to display them this year,as I fear that, you know what's ,will take them,just to take them.
  12. Big J Illinois

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    So does this make current molds out there from years past, more in demand then?Higher theft rate if they where displayed?
  13. Big J Illinois

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    Krylon paint for plastic works great!! Slankard, my wife would love the paint on the carpet trick...anything new for the house:) I wouldn't paint indoors though...the fumes would be alot to handle..
  14. Big J Illinois

    Happy Halloween lighted sign vs Union blow mold

    Hey Donna, way cool find!!!
  15. Big J Illinois

    Halloween blow mold devil, skull and jol 3 light string??

    That's so funny...what where they thinking... cardboard+high current...it's a wonder,that, more houses didn't burn to the ground.😲