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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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.

Big J Illinois

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Big J Illinois last won the day on November 17

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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. Wire frame deer lights out

    We have 21 deer in our display, upcoming summer, will redo them to LED
  2. Pics of anyone's display progress

    How many lights, what kind and how tall?
  3. Roof lights help

    Nice display, what's the dimensions of the candy canes by the front door? And how did you get the power to the mailbox,without hindering the public sidewalk (we get to shovel snow). What lights did you use on the peak and sides of the roof? LOVE IT!!!
  4. Snowman Candy Cane Poles

    Well done AC!!
  5. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Hey Jeff, is that stuff you picked up or did you have it already?
  6. Is it worth it?

    Seen this on Fleabay also...170 is rape...Santas Best,nothing fancy...Look around King, there are a BUNCH of shisters this time of year,praying on any fool...be aware.
  7. Wire frame deer lights out

    The Incan Light Saver would work grear about now
  8. Wire frame deer lights out

    Incandescent or LED? I would fix them:)
  9. Who's ready to light up?

    Thanksgiving eve for us,all ready, tested and good to go!!
  10. Wire frame deer lights out

    Hey Joliet, are those the ones with animated mini lights for the legs and C7 bulbs for the body?
  11. Who is this fellow?

    So GFP makes the Snowman with the top hat only?or do they make others?
  12. Who is this fellow?

    Shamrock Plastics out of Peoria Il rings a bell...we have the Pumpkin ones
  13. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    Now they need the 11% off to help!!
  14. My Holdman Star

    Well done!!