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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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12/1/2016 - "I've order before and both times the ornaments were just beautiful..my children are adults , the ornaments are for my grandkids.my Grandson and I went Utah on a train this last summer so I thought he would really love this ornament. Thank you for all the beautiful work you do. Cynthia W."

11/18/2016 - "I have ordered from Ornament Shop for several years and the have never disappointed me. Great selection of ornaments with lots of new additions. Jane N."

7/29/2016 - "Thank you so much – it is the nice things you are willing to do for customers that keep me coming back (beside the fact that my grandchildren love the ornaments I send ). Ann F."

11/15/2016 - "I alwas find the perfect ornaments orfamily and friends! Pamela C."

11/13/2016 - "I love the ornaments. Everything about them was great. I would definately buy ornaments from your company again. I am so happy with them they were exactly what I was looking for. Barbara"

11/26/2016 - "Part of our Christmas traditions is giving our grandchildren an ornament depicting what happened that year. It has been so nice to see all their ornaments on the tree. Judy R."

1/8/2017 - "The ornament was perfect and came before it was scheduled to be here. I will be buying again. Anonymous Respondent"

10/30/2016 - "I love your ornaments! I order them for my kids every year. I get something different each year depending on what they are into. I love all the sports choices and personalization, as well as new ideas every year. Love the drivers license and the girl with the braces. I would love to see a new golf girl ornaments, or possibly the ability to change her golf bag color. Nicki J."

11/25/2016 - "First time using your site. I found you because we have 7 of us in our Family and the other places I looked only had 6 family Ornaments which was very disappointing until I found your Wonderful site. We missed an Ornament from the year my husband and I got married so I ordered one for that year, plus this year. We have two daughters pregnant right now and I loved that you had an ornament for them and we also had a Son that got married. I'm so happy I found your site and can't wait to see your work! I'm sure we will be customers for life?????? Thank you so much. The Kirby's. Shelly K."

12/3/2016 - "Have bought from Ornament Shop for years now & will come back every year! :) Bria K."

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