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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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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."

10/10/2014 - "I order every year from OrnamentShop and have never been disappointed! High quality products with awesome selection. Danna M."

12/13/2013 - "Dianne, Our ornaments arrived today and they are adorable! I love them! You have a wonderful product and a great service. So glad I found you on line when I was looking for a swimmer ornament. Thanks so much. Gail M."

8/14/2014 - "I am so happy with the ornaments. They are adorable! I love all the options I have to purchase an ornament specific to each grandchild. We have given ornaments to each child for years and have traditionally purchased in-store ornaments. But Ornament Shop items can be personalized instead of just having the year on them. We will purchase from you from now on. We have 8 grandchildren so I will be doing a lot of shopping in the years to come. Marsha S."

1/7/2014 - "I received an ornament from your shop for Christmas and I loved it so much I just had to have another one. I was so happy with the entire experience, I love the ornaments I purchased. I will definitely be recommending you to family and friends for all occasions! David D."

10/24/2014 - "Just have to say what an outstanding job your company does. You always have the best selection of ornaments and I'm so extremely pleased with the personalization. I placed a large order back in the summer. You had just the right ornaments for everyone and they were all perfectly personalized. Having an exchange student join our family last school year and another one this year, I recently purchased the same ornaments for this year's student as I did last year. I like to get an ornament for our tree as a remembrance of each student, and an ornament for them to take back home. The rolling suitcase has worked wonderfully for them, and I love being able to fit what I want the personalization to say without having to count characters! You make this part of Christmas preparation so wonderfully easy for me! Thanks so much and keep up the great work! Regina F."

9/23/2014 - "Great value for the ornaments I ordered Karen V."

10/16/2014 - "I will definitely purchase from the Ornament Shop again. I love that I can personalize ornaments that are also unigue. I have already told many people about the site.Elizabeth M.."

8/7/2014 - "I order from you every year for my grandchildren. Because I order so often the selection is getting harder. My grandkids love their ornaments and enjoy hanging them on the tree. I appreciate the coupon you sent me it helped a lot because I have so many grandkids. The quality of your product is great. I will be ordering again next year. Sincerely, Laurie Z."

9/19/2014 - "This is the second time I have ordered from Ornament Shop. I am very happy with the service I have received. Loretta P."

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