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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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About Big J Illinois

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Never a bad story
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    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. www.MyDoorDecor.com

    To bad they don't make 8' high door covers......
  2. Brightest C7

    Hey Shane, the sku is 3539735, tried one and was SUPER disappointing. Gonna use 15 watt incans for the soilders. I know it's alot of wattage, but til the manufactures get there heads screwed on straight, the LED white or warm white isnt bright enough ,in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, they put out light, BUT very directional!!
  3. "United Solutions" New company?

    I do know, the Menards by me ,still carries GFP yet....
  4. Menards has there christmas stuff up!!

    Hey Jerry, how's the display coming along?:)
  5. At menards last night...starting to put there christmas items out....LOVE IT?
  6. C7 stringers

    How many do you need? We have 2 ,wireframe santas, and LOVE them. Endes up makin our own and ordered off of Christmaslightemporium.com. maybe go that route?
  7. Municipals for sale in Illinois

    Right down the street for me....not sure I need that many...kind of pricey
  8. Brightest C7

    Thanks Q!! Very in depth:) Gonna run 15 watts this year. I know, the meter will ZING but at least the furthest one (110 ft) from the road can be seen Do you think ,that, the 15w will make to mush heat,and destort the mold?
  9. I am looking for a Ramsey if anyone has one they are selling. Doesn't have to have the antenna either. I will make my own tuned one
  10. Nopeoblem, it's the nerd in me coming out:) Good luck
  11. Components...diods, feits, triac's ect seemed better quality..the bread board was thicker and the solder was silver , not the water borne garbage
  12. 2017 Character additions

    We used Rustoleum exterior on ours.I will post final pics soon. Made about 30 of these for this year.
  13. 2017 Character additions

    Looks good Dave!! Plywood?MDF?
  14. Starting a blow mold business

    Ok, ok, My wife said i could throw in 200....lolol