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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.

An angel on top a Christmas tree branch with small silver bells

Written by Dianne Weller
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10/18/2018 - "I order from OrnamentShop every year for my special Christmas Ornaments - I love their work everything comes to me perfectly. Linda S."

1/4/2018 - "Our ornament was lovely! Ginger F."

7/27/2018 - "I love this company and have been ordering Christmas ornaments from them for my kids and my grand kids for a number of years now. I have never been disappointed with any of their products or personalizations. Kim Z."

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8/5/2018 - "The ornaments are all beautiful and will be perfect Christmas gifts. My only regret is that I was told the saxophone could not be personalized. I wish there had been a way to personalize it even if it was with a tiny label attached by a holiday ribbon. I will do this myself for my grandson who just won a large contest for his saxophone playing. The saxophone ornament itself is fantastic and very detailed. Phyllis H."

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