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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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8/16/2014 -"I was excited awaiting my three orders, I always get that way, when waiting on my ornaments to arrive. As usual, they were even more beautiful, then they looked on line. I've been shopping the Ornament Shop for years started shortly after they opened for business. Never have had one I needed to return. They are fantastic, and the people who receives them as gifts, look forward every year to what I'm going to give them. Paulette P."

8/10/2014 -"Although there was a problem initially placing the order because of a technical issue online, their team worked to fix it, communicated with me during the process, and insured that I received the discount that had expired because of the problem. I love this company and their ornaments are works of art! Mary Ellen D."

12/30/2013 -"They under promised and over delivered. When I ordered I had to click a button understanding that I was aware that I wouldn't get the product before Christmas. I ordered anyway because I still wanted it and I was surprised when it showed it 2 days before Christmas. Thank you! Russ S."

5/10/2014 -"I have ordered Christmas ornaments and love the quality and will keep coming back. Nancy M,/i>"

6/28/2014 -"WONDERFUL AND UNIQUE SELECTIONS OF ORNAMENTS. Allison"

8/27/2014 -"I HAVE BEEN ORDERING FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT AND HELPFUL STAFF KEEPS ME COMING BACK. Mary Jane H."

8/19/2014 -"I have purchased ornaments for all my family over the past several years. Currently that is a total of 15 ornaments, and the family keeps growing. Each person who receives them is absolutely delighted with the colors, and the personalization. The many choices given and the time saved is certainly a plus also. Thank you! They arrive on time and in perfect condition. Anonymous Respondent "

12/24/2013 -"Beautiful assortment, good delivery service, impeccable packing. I have ordered through Ornament Shop previously and plan to use them in the future. Shirley S."

12/2/2013 -"I received my order this weekend and felt compelled to write you. The ornaments were beautifully wrapped and packed and are OUTSTANDING! The quality of each ornament and the personalization are an A+++++. I am absolutely thrilled with my choices and will be back on your site purchasing some more. I will also make it my business to tell everyone I know about your wonderful company. Thank you so much for everything and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Warm wishes Anita R."

11/13/2013 -"YEAH...thank you so much . This is why I order from your company every year. Not only am I totally happy with your products but I feel you have the best customer service . You truly put your customers first. Thank you, again... Very truly yours, Kathleen W."

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