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A Social History of Christmas Ornaments - Introduction


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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Read what our customers say about our Personalized Christmas Ornaments and their shopping experience!

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6/26/2015 - "I had been looking for decorative silver hooks for a tree that I received as a gift for Christmas. The hooks were just what I wanted and they make my tree look wonderful. I am very pleased with my purchase. Thank you Ornament Shop for having the product that I wanted and at a reasonable price. Virginia L."

8/13/2015 - "Dianne never disappoints. K. J."

9/30/2015 - "I received the order & I am completely satisfied. The ornaments were exactly like ordered. Betty M."

11/11/2015 - "To Your Entire Staff: THANK YOU! May I just say I am blown away by your service. I placed this order at the end of last week and all the information on your site suggested it might take 2-5 days to ship, not on weekends, and then another 2-5 days via USPS to arrive. It arrived today. And it could not have come at a better time for me personally, as it is a gift for my wife who really needed the pick me up (this item is very reminiscent of something she had as a child). The speed with which you processed and got my order to USPS is simply amazing, and while I do not do a lot of OrnamentShop item-related purchasing, come this holiday season I am thinking about doing ALL of my shopping with your web-store because you are simply that amazing. So please, tell your entire staff they are doing an amazing job and just made the day/week/probably month of a very nice lady who really needed it. They also made me a very happy man as well. Keep doing what you are doing, you are all great! Thanks so much. Dan C"

8/10/2015 - "Ornament shop has the best customer service EVER! Their staff and their products are simply the very BEST! I look forward to ordering from them every year! Jana R."

1/11/2015 - "I was Leary about ordering from this company at first because I had never heard of them. But I decided to give them a try. The ornament came safely packed. I am impressed with the speedy delivery & quality of product. I will order again from!! I am a very happy customer! Bethany F."

8/12/2015 - "I have purchased ornaments from this website for years. I keep coming back because you always have what I have in mind for the perfect gift! Debbie M."

10/18/2015 - "Received my order today... everything is just great... colors, size, quality of ornaments is outstanding! Thank You Jeannie C."

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."

8/25/2015 - "I buy personalized ornaments every year from the Ornament Shop. They are delivered quickly, they are cute, they are always accurately personalized. The selection is vast and I always can get what I want for my family. Marcy B."

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