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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.

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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
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    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...
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    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.
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    Best Lights

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

    What year are these?

    Picked these up today. I know they are general foam, but what year are they? Model number? Thanks J. The bigger pcs are missing the cords, so want to get the correct ones.
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    Union Products Cado Toy Soldier

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

    converting a battery powered to 120V blow mold

    Well done!!!
  12. 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
  13. 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?
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    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!!!
  15. 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
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    Just got these today and friday

    Garage sales have started this year and Letgo has blessed us!! Does anyone know about the Dapol antern on what year it was made? I know it lights up and has the original, non safety plug . Also the candles? Year ect? Thanks J
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    Seen these today

    Seen these while out at the local Wally Mart..made in China's finest..97 pennies each
  18. Big J Illinois

    Newest addition.

    Hey Shane, where did you get the pattern from?
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    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    That hurricane must have brought all the christmas stuff in...not a bit by me...like what I see
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    Menard's Christmas 2018

    Here's some pics of menards molds...the red candle has no markings on it.i see mends makes there own molds?? Veey flimsy, like a milk jug(second pic(s) )
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    Menard's Christmas 2018

    Hey Gris!! Been busy with work and life lolol,who hasnt.. will have ,possibly another mega tree this year and 40 or so molds
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    Menard's Christmas 2018

    Here's the prices,go on Menards.com and order them,hope this helps
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    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    In illinois,where our governors go to prison,and no walmart here has Christmas out yet
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    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    I wanna get one also!!! I want 2 of those also!! Is there a bar code or any manufactured names?
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    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    Slankard sent me the pic we ALL have been waiting for! Thanks Slankard!!
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