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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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12/18/2015 - "I loved the ornament I received and it was to my specifications!! It was well constructed too. I wished they had had more colors but I was a #9 out of 10 totally pleased!!! Paula C."

12/9/2015 - "I liked the personalized ornaments options, my kids receive a Christmas ornament every year and I try to give them something that their interests are that year, this year I had a freshman going off to college so she received ornament with her college name and my freshman HS son received a football ornament with his HS name and football #, and each has the current year. It’s great to have memories and ornaments they can keep for years to come. Traci H."

12/9/2015 - "I just know my daughter and her husband will enjoy the ornament because they love the beach and hope to live there one day.Doris N."

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7/17/2016 - "We buy a personalized family ornament every year and we love them!! This is one of our favorite family traditions. Last year we bought a supper skinny 5ft tree to display all our ornaments on. We started collecting in 1997 and we have been ordering them from Ornament Shop since I found you on-line years ago (I think 2005) Kristina S"

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