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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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12/23/2016 - "Ornaments are my thing I like that you add new items of interest in varied areas . It would be nice if you include boxing as some of the other ornaments shops that I use does. Anonymous Respondent"

11/20/2016 - "These are adorable ornaments that I know my family will cherish for years to come. The availability of large family options is impressive. We have several members of our family who have created blended families through marriage and we would love for them to be honored with these. Gabriella D."

12/5/2016 - "This is the first time I have ordered from Ornament Shop and I am very impressed with the company. I have ordered from other companies in the past, but you will get my business from now on. Your catalog is great and offers items I have not seen in others that I receive. Good customer service, that is hard to find now. Thank you! Ruth B."

1/2/2017 - "I was so worried as we got our ornament in 2005 and was wanting to update for our son as we discovered we never added his name to our family favorite (stocking hung by fire) and i immediately went I wonder what we will have to choose to replace it and was so HAPPY to see after all those year our family favorite was still available. Jason G."

11/30/2016 - "The best part of Christmas, for my family, is receiving an ornament from Santa. Typically those ornaments must be purchased online as they represent something fun from that year or give a kiddo a sneak peak into something yet to come. This year my daughter had a rough patch with some kids who felt they needed to tell her the whole Christmas season was fake. It broke her heart. Out at dinner one evening we were seated close to a man who clearly resembled Santa. My daughter left to visit the restroom and I quickly explained her situation to the man. Both he and his wife were holiday Claus's and called my daughter to them (by her name) and spoke to her. I wasn't supposed to hear their conversation but "Santa" told my daughter that it does not matter what other kids believe as long as she still did. He said, "If you believe, I can feel it! I am going to put a gift under the tree this year that proves I'm real! A peanut butter and jelly sandwich!" I of course will get that sandwhich under the tree but I felt her ornament should reflect that spirit and joy I saw on her face during that discussion. This site had multiple designs to pick from and the quality looks like what I aim for. Lindsey K."

11/28/2016 - "My first order came within a week, beautifully packed.Becki G."

11/3/2016 - "Great company Barry W."

11/30/2016 - "I was very pleased with the ornaments. I will be ordering a few more. Dori S."

12/15/2016 - "Love the Ornament and I am sure my wife will too. Jeff W."

11/2/2016 - "Great ornaments, I have never been disappointed in any of the ornaments I have ordered from OrnamentShop. Susan B."

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