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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.

An angel on top a Christmas tree branch with small silver bells

Written by Dianne Weller
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7/25/2018 - "I started ordering Christmas ornaments for my grandchildren in 2005. I started ordering for my children when they got married starting in 2004. Each family gets an ornament and each grandchild gets one depicting something they have done or accomplished during the year. It is fun and I always give them their ornaments on Thanksgiving. It has become a family tradition that they all look forward to. I have never had a bad experience. Items are always delivered undamaged and exceed expectations. I know that if there is something broken, or wrong, the customer service will make the order right for me. Love this company!!!! Chris K."

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