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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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12/31/2018 - "Other ornament websites were sold out of couples ornaments. This website was easy because I selected the style, and easily entered the memo and names. I like that they added the year too. This website did not tell me they were sold out of any styles. Sonja F."

8/13/2019 - "Always a great experience ordering from the Ornament Shop. My family always looks forward to my gifts. Marie A."

2/18/2019 - "This was my first order from Ornament Shop and the experience was very impressive from start the finish. It came quickly, as promised, and was high quality and the personalized words were just beautiful! I will be a return customer for sure! Janet K."

12/17/2018 - "There were a lot of options and I really like that each item could be personalized. The website was carefully planned out and I could search easily for what I was looking for. Rosilee B."

9/22/2019 - "Great product and nice monogramming will purchase more. Rose M."

10/29/2019 - "I enjoy buying a new family Christmas ornament every year. This year I was looking for a different animal than I have on the tree and I was able to find the fox family ornament that was different from any that I had. I would love to see more new and unique animals in the coming years. What about hedgehogs or elephants? Paula S."

5/24/2019 - "The quality is very good for the price. I ordered just before Christmas last time and was delighted with the quality, and the short time it took to receive the ornaments, all personalized perfectly, and securely packaged so they would not break. My five grandchildren loved them. Susan R."

7/26/2019 - "I order from Ornament shop every year and attach the ornament to their stockings. They can't wait to see what this year brings. Roberta H."

4/26/2019 - "I always give my grown children and the grandchildren an ornament depicting something that happened in their lives each year and The Ornament Shop is my Go To place to order them. It is well laid out, the ornaments are beautiful and it is easy to order! Holly S."

12/25/2018 - "Hello Dianne I want to thank you for having such a great collection of personalized ornaments. I select one for each grandchild that relates to a significant event during the year. I have 13 grandchildren and have usually found something sine about 2005 or earlier! There is no other site with such a great collection. I’ll be back! Merry Christmas from Gail I."

See all testimonials dating back to 2005!

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