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A Social History of Christmas Ornaments - Introduction

R

emember near the end of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”when we hear the jingling of a small silver bell? Jimmy Stewart’s small daughter says “Look, Daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

The bell she’s pointing to is hanging amongst a host of other ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Why there? Why are there Christmas trees and why do they have all that stuff hanging from their branches.

That’s what we’d like to talk about in this social history of Christmas ornaments.

We call it a social history because it’s far from a definitive examination of every type of ornament ever made, by people from countries across the globe. It’s really meant to be a broad overview of ornaments over the years and the impact they’ve had on our memories of Christmas.

Written by Dianne Weller
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1/8/2014 -"This is the best ornament website in the world. The selection is amazing, the quality is superior and the customer support is exceptional. Trust me, only buy your ornaments from this website. The owner is outstanding and her whole team responds to your requests immediately. I love this website. Virginia B."

5/16/2014 -"WOW Dianne! I received the order today (already!) and I am so pleased with all of the ornaments. Thank you for making the correction for me, it certainly is appreciated. Nona H."

10/7/2013 -"I have purchased ornaments from The Ornament Shop for the past 10 years. The staff is wonderful to work with, and the ornaments are beautiful. The personalization is always very well done. I recommend the Ornament Shop to all my friends and family. I will be back next year. Thank you! Adrienne G."

8/8/2013 -"The ornaments are adorable! There is such a large selection that I can find an ornament for just about any occasion including ones like first-time grandparents. Gail C."

8/12/2013 -"Debbie and Dianne are fantastic I loved the personalized ornament that I received and the customer service and responsiveness are second to none! Thank you! Monica"

3/13/2014 -"A truly wonderful place to do business. My granddaughters are thrilled and so am I! I plan to go back. Newman D."

7/1/2014 -"I love the personalized Lacrosse Equipment Ornament that I ordered. Each year I buy ornaments for little gifts for my family. This one is for my nephew’s son, who will turn 11 years old in September. He’s a learning to play Lacrosse and loves the game, and I’m sure he’s going to be very happy when he sees his Christmas ornament this year. It’s been a pleasure working with Debbie over the last few weeks. She’s been so helpful and kind and patient. I look forward to sending you more orders in the future. Thanks again … for everything! Stephanie G."

9/11/2013 -"We received our "Popup Camper Ornament" and were very pleased with it. It was very unique and the personalization with our name, city, and year made it perfect! Thanks for such a unique item. I can't wait to hang it on the tree this year! Yes, we would definitely recommend your company to others - nice products and fast shipping. David D. "

7/26/2013 -"To whom it may concern, I just received my order and I just wanted to commend you on your amazing products and timely shipping! I have been a happy customer since 2004, and it brings me such joy every year when I can look at my Christmas tree and it tells a story. Here's to many more years of tree story telling for my family :) Sincerely, Marianna C."

9/15/2013 -"Love them! I was so glad you offered personalization. This feature was my deciding factor in purchasing from you. Each year I look for ornaments that represent something that has occurred in each family members life. You offer a wide variety of themed ornaments which made it easy to find what I was looking for. Lara H."

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