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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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11/25/2015 - "This is the third year in a row I've ordered online from OrnamentShop. Excellent quality and workmanship. Love doing business with them and plan to continue to do so for years to come. Ashley S."

11/30/2015 - "Wonderful website and absolutely love the ornaments They are darling! Beulah P."

12/3/2015 - "Loved them! Anonymous Respondent"

11/29/2015 - "This was the first time I ordered from Ornament Shop. For over 30 years I have given my sons and now my grandchildren a special ornament that reflects something special from the year. Easy to do when they're kids, but it has become more difficult as adults. So when I googled Thailand and Portugal ornaments, this shop came up. The ornaments are absolutely beautiful, the personalization is way neater than my own attempts in previous years, and though fragile glass ornaments, they were packed extremely well and everything arrived quickly with no breakage. Because it was the first time ordering, I was afraid to have them send directly to the recipient. In the future, I will do that and save the frustration and long lines at the post office. I also ordered cruise ship ornaments which were much larger and more beautiful than pictured on line. Oh, and the 40th wedding anniversary ornament was adored by my best friend. This is truly one of the only times that what I ordered online exceeded my expectations. They are a little pricey but really very comparable to Hallmark. And no, I didn't get paid to write this review. Sue K."

11/24/2015 - "I have ordered from OS for some time, I have never been disappointed with quality and shipping and just plain great place with a lot of beautiful ornaments. Each year I know my family looks forward to their ornament and would be very disappointed if they didn't get one. With all the gifts I buy for them, this is the one that brings the "OH LOOK....."Thanks, Catherine Catherine C."

11/23/2015 - "Fairly easy to navigate site. Good selection of ornaments. Judith B."

11/17/2015 - "Love the ornaments. Tammy J."

12/3/2015 - "Disappointed that 2 of the items I wanted were out of stock, other than that happy with purchase and prior experience! Darlene B."

6/3/2015 - "They are extremely helpful if you have questions about personalization. Patricia S."

12/10/2015 - "Was very happy to find these items as ornaments. Nancy J."

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