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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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6/26/2015 - "I like having an ornament for each year. I started purchasing an ornament for my granddaughter's first Christmas and have continued each year for her and also for my second granddaughter. Both of them will be big sisters this year so I got them each of them an ornament. I only know the name and sex of one of my new grand-babies, so I will be ordering more once they both get here.Lyndal S."

12/30/2015 - "We are planning a cruise this year and we gave the cruise ship ornament to each of our seven children and their spouses complete with there names, the cruise name and the year! It was a great way to give this gift of a cruise to our children as we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. They all loved the ornaments.Danna W."

8/20/2015 - "Got the ornaments today (in record time). They are absolutely beautiful. My children are so excited when we open gifts -- they can't wait to see the ornaments. Their trees are getting full with the beautiful ornaments. Fran P."

12/27/2015 - "We bought the Christmas tree with 25 name plates and had 19 names put on it for my mother in law. My in laws have 19 grand kids and 2 on the way and when my mother in law opened it she was amazed as was everyone of the craftsmanship. I will be ordering more and can't say enough good things about Ornament Shop. Thank you all you are the best. Renee .M."

8/19/2015 - "I have been buying Christmas ornaments from OrnamentShop now for a good few years. I have been very pleased with every purchase I have made. I have recommended the OrnamentShop to many friends of mine and will continue to recommend them. Anonymous Respondent"

8/13/2015 - "Was very happy with ornaments purchased last year, so I am a repeat customer. Catherine B."

8/14/2015 - "Have been ordering Special Ornaments for years and have loved every one of them. Carolyn B."

8/14/2015 - "I have been ordering Christmas ornaments from the Ornament Shop for approximately 5 years and have always been very please with each item. Carol R."

9/30/2015 - "Everything was perfect. Thank you so very much with your help & understanding. GREAT JOB!!!! Brenda K."

8/31/2015 - "Love the selection of ornaments. I was able to buy my family yearly ornaments all in one place. Renee Y."

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