There’s nothing worse than pulling out the ornament box in late November (or after Halloween if you like getting a jump on Christmas) to discover broken ornaments. We tend to purchase and collect ornaments as a symbol of an important event, hobby, or to commemorate the loss of someone important. Old World Christmas’ nightmares are made of shattered ornaments. To us, it’s personal. Though we can’t prevent broken Christmas ornaments, we can give some tips on storing your Christmas ornaments so you don’t have to start your holiday season with a bin of broken glass. \n\nOWC Boxes\nOld World Christmas ornaments are stunning. They catch the eye, and are fan favorites 100% of the time. Because they are hand-painted, glass-blown ornaments though they are beautiful, they are fragile. We designed them to hang on a tree, not to be tossed around. We also safely ship, display and transport them in their signature green Old World Christmas box. We pack them in white paper inside the box to add necessary padding and softness. We highly recommend using our boxes to store your ornaments—one ornament per box! We professionally pack each ornament, and we think packing it like you found it will keep your ornament safe when it’s packed away. We also think our boxes are great because it makes it easy to give ornaments as a gift. They’re easy to wrap, and delight the recipient. \nCreate Space\nThe key to storing ornaments—glass or otherwise—is to create space. Though it means you might have more Christmas boxes than you planned on, it’s better than opening boxes of shattered dreams. If you have the original Old World Christmas boxes, these are the safest ways to store your ornaments until the following Christmas. However, we recommend storing your Old World Christmas ornaments inside a larger box. We’ve created space around your ornament with the packing fluff surrounding the ornament, and when multiple boxes of individually wrapped ornaments are stored in the same box, the chance of breakage is greatly reduced. The worst way you could store your ornaments is thrown together in a box, and the best way is to give each individual ornament its own space with tissue paper or shredded paper, safely tucked into it’s own box, stored in a larger box with more ornaments packed the same way. \nThink Safety\nIt’s always cumbersome getting dozens of Christmas boxes down from the attic. Obviously, it’s more efficient to pack things tighter, with less boxes, but because we always have ornaments on the mind, we think the safety of the ornaments is worth a few more boxes. Smaller storage boxes are also easier to handle. Oversized boxes are easy to drop and trip over, but small, manageable boxes make for smooth sailing. Many stores sell storage boxes with cardboard ornament dividers, designed to keep space between ornaments. Old World Christmas thinks these storage designs are ok as long as each ornament is safely wrapped in tissue paper, creating space between the ornament and any hard edge. And, even with a specifically designed ornament box, we still recommend our original Old World Christmas boxes. We ship hundreds of thousands of ornaments in them to our customers and wholesale distributors with very little breakage. The proof is in the (figgy) pudding! \nKeep your ornaments safe this Christmas off-season with smart storage. Focus on creating individual space for each ornament, and store them in smaller storage boxes. Overall, we think our signature Old World Christmas boxes are the best way to store our gorgeous ornaments. Make sure you keep all your Christmas ornament sets together so you don't lose any parts of the set!