Cannoli is an Italian pastry that means "little tube". The tube-shaped pastry dough is fried then filled with a sweet, creamy filling as dessert. Recipes are handed down from generation to generation, filling the stomachs and hearts of families and friends for years past and years to come.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie was accidentally invented in by Ruth Wakefield in Massachusetts. She was trying to make an all chocolate cookie, but the pieces of chopped chocolate she added did not melt into the dough the Chocolate Chip cookie was born! Today it is the most popular cookie in the U.S. with over billion eaten annually!
On a hot summer day, the sun can shine so brightly that people feel as though they will melt. Nothing can cool and refresh a sun bather better than a red, white and blue iced pop. This iconic treat delights and shows a love for country, sporting the colors of the U.S. flag.
Ice cream is an especially delicious treat. However, if it is not enjoyed quickly, it soon melts and disappears. This glass Ice Cream Carton ornament reminds us to enjoy and appreciate what we have today because it may be gone tomorrow.
Sweetly spicy and flavorful Pumpkin pie is a traditional and favorite dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Rich, ripe orange pumpkins are associated with the bountiful harvest, so as we eat our pumpkin pie, we count our blessings.
In 17th century England people were not allowed to celebrate Christmas. So a candy-maker invented the candy cane. Shaped like a shepherd s crook to symbolize Jesus, it has three thin stripes to represent the Trinity, and a larger stripe to represent the life Jesus gave up for us.
In the Middle Ages, guests brought sweet buns that were placed in a pile over which the bride and groom kissed. The taller the pile, the more prosperous the couple. This evolved into the tiered cake we know today. This Wedding Cake ornament serves as a keepsake of the special day or anniversary.
Cookies have been popular for centuries, and Sandwich Cookies, with their sweet, creamy filling between two crisp cookie wafers, have been an American favorite for over years. So whether you eat them whole, dunked in milk, or twist them apart to eat the filling first, the Sandwich Cookie is a delightful treat.
Long ago, strawberries were served at festivals and special occasions for peace and prosperity. The indulgence of chocolate combined with a fresh strawberry creates a favorite mouth-watering dessert popular today.
Maple syrup is poured over pancakes, waffles and oatmeal to make a delicious breakfast meal. Maple syrup is made in the late winter and early spring days when maple trees are tapped for their sweet sap. The sap is cooked down to create a liquid sugar that is sweet and tasty.
Pecan pie is the perfect blend of nuts, eggs, butter and sugar. This popular pie is a specialty of the Southern U.S. during holidays. Topped with salt, vanilla or ice cream, pecan pie is delicious any time of year. Enjoy a slice of pie!
Hot out of the oven, a delicious peanut butter cookie is pressed with a fork to create the iconic cross marks on top. Bakers, create the most delicious combination of flour, sugar and peanut butter. Home bakers and professional pastry chefs will appreciate hanging this ornament on the Christmas tree.
The individual-sized baked good can be prepared as a sweet treat or a savory snack. This quick bread has been around since the 18th century and remains an American favorite. A blueberry muffin is the perfect sweet treat at breakfast and goes well with a hot cup of coffee!
An ice cream cone is a wonderful treat. However, if it is not enjoyed quickly, it soon melts and disappears. This glass ice cream cone ornament reminds us to enjoy and appreciate what we have today because it may be gone tomorrow.
The look of cheesecake is simple, but the taste is so rich! The perfect combination of cream cheese, sugar and egg comes together to create the most delectable Christmas treat. The cheesecake ornament is a perfect gift for a hostess, baker or friendly neighbor.
A must-have treat at special events like the circus, fair and festivals, cotton candy is an iconic part of festivals around the world. The first cotton candy machine was invented in 1897 by a dentist and a confectioner who called the sweet treat Fairy Floss!
Oh, the convenience of this dairy delight! Unlike it s big brother the sundae, this treat can be sipped through a straw. Is this a beverage to be eaten with burgers and fries, or a dessert to be savored at the end of the meal? You decide!
Wild cherries are indigenous to the North American continent making cherry pie a truly American dessert. To show off the colorful filling, the cherry pie is usually made with a lattice crust. The crust looks like basket weaving with its fancy, sugar frosted crisscrosses.
The iconic Twinkie and its creamy, cakey, golden goodness has been enchanting the masses for generations, one sweet bite at a time. But don t eat this one. It's just to be admired among your holiday lights.
The Gingerbread Boy depicts a favorite tradition of the holiday season baking treats! Creating elaborate and whimsical cookies that are decorated with frosting and candies started years ago and continues today as a favorite holiday activity.
Brighten any special occasion with this beautiful glass ornament which was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. A hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside, and finally, it was hand-painted and glittered for you to enjoy and cherish as a holiday heirloom!
The Fortune Cookie is an American invention with origins in California. This delicate, crisp cookie always contains a small piece of paper with a happy message inside. Now it is so popular that no Chinese meal in America is complete without one. Celebrate your good fortune with this cute glass ornament!
This beautiful glass ornament was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, it was delicately hand-painted and glittered for you to enjoy and cherish as a holiday heirloom!
This delightful glass ornament depicts one of the favorite traditions of the holiday season sweets! It was carefully blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, it was hand-decorated with brightly colored lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
Happy birthday! This ornament signifies a coming of age tradition for families across North America. Sixteen is an especially important birthday for many because it signifies the first dose of freedom, the ability to drive. Commemorate this special occasion with the Sweet 16 ornament.
Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America, making blueberry pie a truly American dessert. To show off the colorful filling, the pie is often made with a lattice crust. The crust looks like basket weaving with its fancy, sugar frosted crisscrosses.
Looking for a Christmas theme this holiday season?
Christmas is all about themes, and it all starts with the Christmas ornaments. Whether It’s a traditional theme or something near and dear to your heart, choosing a theme with colors and Christmas ornaments is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Your tree should be the center of your theme, then all other decorations should follow. Adding things like ribbon, flocking and lights are great additions and ways to show off those beautiful Christmas tree ornaments.
Deck the Halls with Pet Ornament Themes
Pets are a part of the family. Whether they have since past or are still spreading joy to the family, having an ornament that depicts them is a great way to symbolize them. We have a great selection of both cat Christmas ornaments and dog Christmas ornaments, as well as any other pets you might have in our animal ornament page.
Angels have been one of the classic toppers for many years, but they can also be great ornaments. These stoic guardians are perfect for any tree and we have a wide selection of colors and sizes to go with any color scheme you have going. Make an angel Christmas ornament a part of your tree this year.
Ornaments Can Go on More Than Just Christmas Trees
Christmas ornaments today are more than just for your tree. Snow globes are festive, and ornaments can be hung around the house. We have a great selection of ideas for other uses around the house, such as hanging them on hooks and stands or on wreaths. If you’re looking for more ideas on where to hang Christmas tree ornaments for the season or for all year round check out our post which details our top 6 ways to display Christmas ornaments all year.
Hanging Christmas Ornaments Throughout the House
When the tree is overflowing with hanging Christmas ornaments, ornaments hooks and stands are the next best thing. Whether it’s one Christmas ornament in particular you want to show off or a specific theme you’re going for you can use these to represent that perfectly. Christmas ornaments can also be hung year-round with these hooks and stands.
Holiday Snow Globes
It’s believed that snow globes were originally created as a replacement to paper weights. Today they have become perfect decorations found on mantels, tables, windowsills, desks and anywhere else they can be admired. They also make great gifts and collectibles. Check out our selection and add a beautiful, new addition to your decorations.
The History of Christmas Ornaments
In a tiny village tucked away in the mountains of central Germany, the Christmas ornaments we admire today were born. The town of Lauscha, Germany was famously known in the late 16th century for their specialty glassworks, including bowls, beads, drinkware and glass eyes. Around German Europe, families would decorate their Christmas trees with nuts, fruits and tinsel and apples (to represent the forbidden fruit discussed in the Bible), but this tradition was too costly for some lower class families. In 1847, a direct descendant of Lauscha’s first glass maker, Hans Greiner had an epiphany: create Christmas tree decorations that last beyond one Christmas. He went to work creating Christmas ornaments, or Baubels, in the shape of fruits, nuts and other simple designs. Soon the idea to decorate the Christmas tree with these hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments would spread like wildfire and start a worldwide tradition that continues on to this day.
Christmas ornaments today have taken on shapes, sizes, colors and designs that would leave Hans Greiner speechless. What’s most impressive, though, is that Christmas ornaments are made in the same way now as they were in 1847, like the Christmas ornaments from Old World Christmas. We’ve taken the time to understand how traditional Christmas ornaments are made, and strive to create the most beautiful, handmade, mouth-blown Christmas ornaments for our loyal customers to cherish and pass down for years to come.
Using heat from a flame, clear glass cylinders with a long blow-pipe are turned consistently, evenly heating the glass. As the glass heats, it softens and glows. This glow tells us when it’s ready to expand and take the shape of the chosen mold. Once the entire bubbled end is glowing and hot, the glass maker blows into the long tube, using air to fill the end of the glass bubble and expanding it into the chosen mold. In order to prevent shattering, the glass maker gradually lowers the temperature to a less intense flame. The newly shaped glass is added to the annealer, (oven for ornaments) to cool. Then, a silvering solution is poured into the Christmas ornament’s stem and the entire thing is dipped into warm water, activating the silvering chemicals for a mirror-like finish of the Christmas ornament.
Once this is complete, the Christmas ornaments are dipped in lacquer for color and hand painted to accentuate their unique characteristics. The painter will then make an incision on the stem, snap it off, and cover the top with a cap. Now the Christmas ornament is complete and ready for its new owner.
Autumn is officially here. It is a time of cool mornings, sunny and warm afternoons, sweaters and homemade soups. Gardens are overflowing with pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes and greens. This year we think a harvest tree preceding the Christmas tree filled with fruit and veggie ornaments would be seasonal, and a beautiful fall decoration.
Visions of sugar plums danced in my head as I nestled back into my cozy seat, and in a flash the train was off. Reflecting on my trip while munching on the second pretzel I was amazed with my unexpected trip wondering how I’d describe my trip. If only I had a memento. I carefully unwrapped my early Christmas present from the hands of the man himself to discover delightful replicas of each place I visited. Knowing I’d set it up each Christmas, as a magical visual of an incredible trip, I was thankful for the story to go with it.
Whether it’s an ornament on your tree or an edible gingerbread house on your counter, Old World Christmas believes gingerbread houses are a beautiful, memorable and creative activity for the Christmas season.
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