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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.

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

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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10/20/2018 - "The website is easy to maneuver and variety of ornaments is good. I liked that you can be specific as to hair color and ethnicity of the gendered ornaments. I was happy to find an ornament that I could list 11 names and hair color. Would have been nice to have red hair as an option. One of the 11 has red hair but there wasn't that choice. I would purchase from Ornament Shop again. Elaine C."

9/10/2019 - "I always am looking for a new ornament for my grandchildren. They always seem to have something new that I can personalize to make it perfect for all 3 boys. All of them look forward at Christmas to see what I came up with. Marlene K."

10/31/2018 - "Ornaments were beautiful as usual. The Seashore Scene was even nicer in person. We give our grandchildren a new one each every year to add to their collection. We choose ornaments that depict their sport or milestone for that year. This year they are all getting the seashore scene as we had a family vacation together there this summer. Our hope is that they will enjoy them for years to come and think of us. Elaine M."

12/28/2018 - "Dianne, I just want to let you know how very pleased I was with my two orders this Christmas! They were all that I expected and more. Even though I didn’t order until very close to Christmas they got here in plenty of time. Thank you so much and have a happy and prosperous 2019. Beverly M."

1/22/2019 - "Just received a thank you from my niece today and they love the ornament. I have purchased and also received ornaments from you for years and am always very happy with them. Catherine B."

10/14/2018 - "Every year I order an ornament for our grandchildren for whatever sport, instrument they play or where they are on the particular year. I like the affordability of this product. I love that they are keepsakes that the kids can take with them when they are adults. The only thing I wish is that there were other choices in hair color. Light Brown, Red ahead, curly, straight. Marcia A."

1/6/2019 - "This is exactly what I was looking for. Laura F."

10/19/2018 - "I would recommend Ornament Shop to my friends. I have approx. 3000 ornaments and decorate trees with various themes which I rotate every Christmas. Because of this I already have most of the ornaments regarding my themes, but I'm always on the hunt for new and different ornaments. I prefer blown glass and particularly like OWC and Polish brands. I have been satisfied with this store and enjoy the shopping experience. Janus S."

12/24/2018 - "It was easy to pick the catagory of ornaments I wanted - which was family . And it was broken down by family size which was Awesome and the names were easy to place with the instructions so there was no confusion! Loved it! Marie Z."

8/5/2019 - "All 5 ornaments I ordered were of great quality. The personalizing was perfect and each name and date placed appropriately. This is the 2nd year I've ordered Christmas ornaments for my grandchildren - they enjoy that each ornament represents who they are! Thank you. Karen A."

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