Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Christmas Ornaments


Early Christmas trees were decorated with apples, beads, paper, nutshells and tinsel.  Some were even pastries in shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. Glass ornaments were first made in Germany by a glassblower named Hans Greiner in the 1840's.

Other glassblowers in Lauscha recognised the growing popularity and began producing them in a wide range of designs. In the early 20th century, Americans decorated their trees with mostly hand made ornaments. In America, the first glass ornaments were produced by William DeMuth in 1870. Stores began selling ornaments and by 1910 Woolworths had over 1000 stores selling Christmas ornaments across America.

In 1973 Hallmark started making Christmas ornaments. Each year a line of limited edition ornaments are created. 

Most ornaments are used year after year, and are passed down from one generation to the next.  

I've had these ornaments since I was a child, over 50 years,

These were given to us by an aunt who is no longer with us.

Special occasions.

A skiing trip with the family 

When we bought our trailer.

A trip to Russia.

Baby's first Christmas 

They teach us about many things. Family, traditions, history.... 

Do you have any special ornaments that are a family tradition or treasure? 


scottylover said...

Love your ornaments! We have some that were given to us as a wedding present. They go on the tree every year and still light up even though they are over 30 years old.


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Every year we talk about when/where we got each ornament. We have many special ornaments from family, and memories.