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A Social History of Christmas Ornaments - Introduction

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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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8/5/2014 - "The ornaments I have received for the past several years have been outstanding. I would like a greater variety for single grandparents. Becky C."

1/20/2015 - "The ornament I purchased exceeded my expectations, I loved the attention to detail. It was exactly what I wanted for my son & his wife for their 1st Christmas as man & wife. I plan to order in the future and promise to let everyone I know about your product s and customer service. Thanks, Customer for life! Shelley H."

8/25/2014 - "I have purchased ornaments from Ornament Shop.com for 4 or 5 years. I have 6 grandchildren ranging in ages from 11 - 25 and have been purchasing Christmas ornaments since they were born. I look for ornaments that have something to do with their interests, or where they are in their lives at this particular time. i.e., college freshman,(college boy) aspiring music teacher (guitar), lover of horses (brown horse w/saddle), coach (lacrosse equipment), golfer/caddy(golf green) and stylish lady (lovely high heels). I find the selections fantastic and better every year. I especially like the personalization that I have been able to place on each ornament. I hope my grand kids place these ornaments on their own Christmas trees someday and know each will bring back fond memories. Ann F."

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."

10/8/2014 - "I have 14 grandchildren, the oldest just turned 14 and a tradition that I do is buy them an ornament every year and they are given at Thanksgiving so they can put them on their Christmas tree in December. I have always bought all my ornaments from OrnamentShop.com and have always liked every ornament purchased. You actually get what you see. Never been disappointed. Louise R."

10/15/2014 - "I love OrnamentShop and always purchase personalized ornaments for weddings. The brides/grooms seem to genuinely love your ornaments and I always receive great comments on them. Tresa T."

11/16/2014 - "Hi, I received my ornament order on Friday. The ornaments are SO CUTE. Great quality & so adorable. I can hardly wait to give them to my daughter & son. Thanks so much for providing such outstanding customer service!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!! Reva W."

12/2/2014 - "I have a Friend who just loves "frogs". I had been looking for a "Frog Family" ornament but could not find one. I received Your catalog in the mail and went to Your site to see if I could find one. I was surprised by the variety and the amount of different ornaments and products that You feature. I found my "Frog Family" ornament and had it personalized. When it arrived I looked at it and was thrilled! It was so cute and looked just great! I would not hesitate to recommend You to anyone for Your variety of products, quality and craftsmanship, reasonable prices and speedy delivery. Linda B."

10/20/2014 - "Found exactly what I needed. Purchased a glass "Bean" ornament and was able to have it personalized. Very happy! Debbie R."

1/6/2015 - "Just wanted to let you know that the ornament arrived very quickly … in time for giving it to our daughter and new son-in-law who were visiting from out of state for just a few days around the holidays. The ornament itself was lovely and the personalization really touched all of us. Thank you! Katherine L."

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