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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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 February 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. I hope not, but I am sure it will:(
  2. We have 6, 20 amp dedicated circuits and use remote controlled outlets for them. Looking to switch to a contactor set up on a timer this year.
  3. Hey all, hope the ideas are coming together for this years display(s) I am looking for the 10"-13" Empire NOEL candle, flame tops. Thanks again J
  4. We where out Saturday, at a Meijer store... seen these... WOW!! All 3 for $15..such a deal lolol..
  5. I have those very ones in my collection. They are coin banks. I would love to fill one up ,and see how much it would hold lolol.
  6. I will for sure, if it ever stopped snowing here lol!!
  7. Thank you!! Gonna have to get some, need to count how many I need. Hopefully the cord isnt dry rotted, if so, do I just abandon it ,or??
  8. Well, another 5"-8" coming tonight...more snow, so they are in the shed in the back yard..when I do get them out, will for sure post more pics ,when they are complete
  9. As soon as I unburu them, they are in the storage shed right now. The snow is pretty deep
  10. Some of the sockets, have come off..they broke, do anyone know, where I can get ,just the sockets,in C9 size?
  11. Just picked these up, 2 of each. Does anyone know, where to get replacement sockets? The cords dont have a fuse plug on them. The bulbs are C9 size. Also, how can a mount these, on pole, on the yard? Thanks you all!!
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