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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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11/14/2015 - "NO PROBLEMS - GREAT PACKING. Judith R."

7/26/2016 - "Have purchased ornaments from OrnamentShop.com for years. Have always been pleased with the products and love the personalization. Ron R."

11/13/2015 - "Grandkids look forward to ornaments every year. Marilyn P."

12/7/2015 - "I ordered 5 ornaments and they all were of very high quality. The colors are brilliant and the detail is precise. I am very pleased with the ornaments.Patricia B."

7/14/2016 - "Love their ornaments. Have bought several and never been disappointed. So nice when they are personalized. Anonymous Respondent"

11/11/2015 - "To Your Entire Staff: THANK YOU! May I just say I am blown away by your service. I placed this order at the end of last week and all the information on your site suggested it might take 2-5 days to ship, not on weekends, and then another 2-5 days via USPS to arrive. It arrived today. And it could not have come at a better time for me personally, as it is a gift for my wife who really needed the pick me up (this item is very reminiscent of something she had as a child). The speed with which you processed and got my order to USPS is simply amazing, and while I do not do a lot of OrnamentShop item-related purchasing, come this holiday season I am thinking about doing ALL of my shopping with your web-store because you are simply that amazing. So please, tell your entire staff they are doing an amazing job and just made the day/week/probably month of a very nice lady who really needed it. They also made me a very happy man as well. Keep doing what you are doing, you are all great! Thanks so much. Dan C"

6/30/2016 - "This is my second year ordering ornaments! I am very happy with the number of selections! Glenda C."

1/8/2016 - "Thank you SOOO much for the wonderful ornaments. I LOVE them and my family LOVED them! You will definitely see my order next year! I ALSO am SOOO impressed that your staff caught an error in my order. In my family ornament I listed Cole twice and omitted a different grandchild. I received a call to ask if that was correct. Not ANY other company I have worked with would be that conscientious. I was going to get a picture of us all with our ornaments and send you but with a 1, 2, 3 and 4 year old - it was wild to say the least. So you'll just have to accept my thank you email. I hope your 2016 is everything you hope it to be. Thank you again! Pam O."

6/28/2016 - "I was pleased with the quality of products ordered last year. Mary P."

7/14/2016 - "This is the second time I have ordered from The Ornament Shop. LOVE the selection! The orders are always correct and the delivery is always prompt. I have suggested this to any of my friends who are looking for special gifts. No more running all over town to find the perfect ornament! Love it! Mona W."

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