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A Social History of Christmas Ornaments - Introduction


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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9/11/2015 - "Ornament Shop is part of my family tradition. I always order Christmas ornaments in time to gift the Grandkids when they come to my house for Thanksgiving. That way when they return home to put up their family tree they have their new ornament. I always select an ornament for each child that represents something new they did the past year. I have been shopping with y'all for about 10 years and my Grandkids look forward to this each year. Oh did I forget to say, I LOVE ORNAMENT SHOP! Your quality and service is exceptional. Joyce S."

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10/17/2014 - "I use this shop every year for specialized ornaments. That is one of my traditions every year and I have been pleased every year. Tammy M."

8/12/2015 - "I have purchased ornaments from this website for years. I keep coming back because you always have what I have in mind for the perfect gift! Debbie M."

12/31/2014 - "Loved every single one of the ornaments that I ordered, and each came in the nick of time for Christmas. Thank you so much. Will not hesitate to order again. Janet F."

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