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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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Read what our customers say about our Personalized Christmas Ornaments and their shopping experience!

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12/22/2016 - "This was the first time I ordered from them. I was pleased with their service and that the items got to there destination on time. I did not see the items and they will not be opened until Christmas so I do not know the condition they were in. But if their items are as good as their service, I am sure they will be fine.Sally B."

12/22/2016 - "The items were more beautiful than I expected. They were way above average and I would buy items again. Very very pleased. Sharon H."

8/15/2017 - "Love the ornaments....order for my grandchildren, a hiphop dancer and horse rider, give my daughter and son-in-law a memory ornament every year since 2002. Victoria G."

12/26/2016 - "Everyone loved the customized ornaments. Tears in one person's eyes! Joan M."

4/4/2017 - "My ornament came today. Words can't express how beautiful it is to me. It is intended as a gift for a very special lady whose mother died at the end of last year. I received her mothers Keurig in memory of her so how perfect to find an ornament in your store. This will be perfect and will be hard for me to hang on to until Christmas. I know I should have ordered one for me as well. Maybe I can save up for another one to honor her mom on this end as well . But You have a new customer in me and my family. Thank you for such wonderful service and products!! Jacque R."

7/26/2017 - "I have ordered from the OrnamentShop for many years and have always been completely satisfied and pleased with products received. Order previous to this one, was not received (lost in mail) and was quickly resolved by sending me a replacement (as this was a Christmas gift). I plan on always ordering my gift ornaments from them. Debra M."

7/28/2017 - "Dianne - I have ordered from you for a few years now - ALWAYS love to see the variety & have never been disappointed. Nice to have a place I know will make our holiday a little more special! Thank you for the good job you do & I'll be waiting for my order. Sending you Smiles, Penny"

8/25/2017 - "Use ornament shop every year-always satisfied. Flora M."

7/10/2017 - "THIS IS THE SECOND TIME ORDERING. FIRST WAS MORE THAN I EXPECTED AND MADE RECIPENTS VERY HAPPY. Grace G."

2/2/2017 - "I received the chalkboard ornaments for my sons graduation, not only was I so happy for my son to be graduating, I was so happy with the quality, the writing everything about these ornaments. They came out beautiful...I will be buying from here again. They got them right out to me and they were wrapped perfectly. They are the nicest people to speak to, they are so polite and friendly. I can not thank you enough for these beautiful ornaments they put the biggest smile on my face and everyone who got them loved them to....Joette C."

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