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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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9/22/2019 - "I would highly recommend The Ornament Shop. I buy ornaments from them for my grandchildren. They always love them. They are shipped promptly and they do a great job. Lots of choices. Shelley B."

8/7/2019 - "These ornaments are all so unique. Have searched all over the Web for some of those I ordered and they were here all the time! Have not been disappointed yet in the selection and I highly value the ones I have. Pamela B."

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."

10/27/2019 - "I have bought many Christmas ornaments from you over the years. I am sure I have told my kids where I have purchased from. Diane K."

7/22/2019 - "I buy ornaments from Ornament Shop every year and I am always pleased. Cynthia T."

12/16/2018 - "My daughter has ordered me one every year since the grandchildren started arriving. I love it, so....I just continued the tradition with my friend. Ginny J."

7/8/2019 - "I have ordered many ornaments from this site and have been very pleased with my ornaments. This time I was shopping for an ornament to memorialize my son's engagement and will give it as a gift at a bridal shower. Lorraine E."

10/14/2019 - "This is the second year I have ordered from Ornament Shop. They have great quality and many selections of ornaments. Notifications and arrival is great and on time as told. I will continue to order from them in the future. Maureen M."

10/23/2019 - "Love, love our family ornaments. Our grown kids look forward to receiving their ornament every years! Only suggestion would be more family designs.Tonna M."

10/26/2019 - "I chose your site because you have a wider selection of ornament options than other sites. Kathy F."

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