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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 December 14

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About Big J Illinois

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A wig out, and cursing of cheap ,over seas manufactured products
  • Location
    No. Illinois
  • Biography
    No one is a stranger, never met one yet. Cant go anywhere ,without running into someone I know.
  • Interests
    Home improvement, christmas lights, garage sales, and our new dog, Abby.
  • Occupation
    Blue collar, chief bottle washer
  • About my display
    Growing and always room for one last bulb. A mix of old Incans, LED, store bought and homemade display items, blowmolds and such. NO LOR!!

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  1. Big J Illinois

    Custom strings

    I hear ya, cant be trimmed UNLESS you used a retro fit bulb in the C9 stringer
  2. Big J Illinois

    Custom strings

    If they are incan lights, C7 Or C9, trim the length to what u want..
  3. Big J Illinois

    Little refresh for Empire’s

    That looks GREAT!!!!!!!
  4. Big J Illinois

    Need Charitable sequence donation....

    Hey Big, thank you for your service!!! If I had it, in a heartbeat.. I think all the liberal tards, whom thought of this great song, to be sooooo bad..should go take a flying you know what.
  5. Big J Illinois

    OK, Now What?

    Did sparkle post anymore pics?
  6. Big J Illinois

    Need advice on building tree

    Our mega tree is 20ft and we use 22ft 70ct, LED C3 and 22ft 105 ct Mini, LED. Its 10 ft at the base and looks great. I just double back on the 105 ct sets, at the base,and blends right in. Its static and doesnt use LOR. We just bought the crank up ,set up this year and LOVE IT!! Hope to add another 1 next year. If you have questions, yell back
  7. Big J Illinois

    Gfci tips

    Hey Glenn ,you are correct!! I mentioned this along time ago. It does help, more people should use this and wouldnt have as many false trips
  8. Big J Illinois

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    Yes, they are still in use today, for 2 way radio power supplies.
  9. Big J Illinois

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    These fantom leaks, are Eddy currents.. magnetic fields make this happen
  10. Big J Illinois

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    I have used ,a ferrous magnet( Rf Choke) around the smaller cords,closest to the GFCI, this will help, reduce, not eliminate Rf and false trips.
  11. Big J Illinois

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    Using a electronics syringe, inject a dot in each female socket, push back and forth and reseat the plug .
  12. Big J Illinois

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    I have put grease on already ,wet plugs. The grease will displace the water, when the plug is inserted. I use compressed air ,to blow out the plugs then, inject grease into the female end of the plug(s).
  13. Big J Illinois

    GFI Troubles - HELP

    Ahoy, same here in the first year. I have used di electric grease and the only problem I have had, just this year, where the 6 tomato cages...when it rains or drizzles.. I isolated them, simply by unplugging everything, one by one,until it pops. It took me 3 hrs to do this for the billion plugs,err..100+. I know the feeling of aggravation, looking out and seeing only a third of your stuff on🤬🤬😡🤬🤬
  14. Big J Illinois

    OK, Now What?

    Its screams for a Dickens, blowmold set!!
  15. U could use pvc, but use piano wire ,bailing wire,or 1/16" wire with a turnbuckle,or somthing similar, in a "x " behind it to to prevent sagging. I would try that, just the weight savings alone is worth it:)