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Watercolor Palette Ornament

$17.99

Watercolor is an ancient form of painting that has been used to create masterpieces for centuries. This incredibly versatile media is used by incredibly gifted artists and children alike. Watercolor is often used as the first experience for children to create their works of art. Those masterpieces are as cherished as the ones found in museums!
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Class Of 2022 Ornament

$17.99

Graduation celebrates the hard work and achievement of a student and also represents a springboard into the phase of learning and growth. Celebrate the graduates of 2022 with this hand-crafted glass ornament.
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Virtual Friends Ornament

$24.99

Staying connected to family and friends throughout the years becomes more difficult due to busy schedules, travel costs and other obstacles. Thankfully in the information age, technology is available to keep us connected. Miles apart and in our homes, we are able to gather using video chat.
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Cheerleader Ornament

$21.99

Go! Fight! Win! Cheerleaders have been supporting their favorite athletes and leading fans since 1898. Student, Johnny Campbell assembled a group of people to energize the team and the crowd in hopes of changing the team's losing streak. It worked and now cheerleading is a sport of its own!
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Abc Blocks Ornament

$21.99

Christmas as a child is a magical time, filled with wonder, celebration and joy. The celebration of the season is commemorated with giving presents, such as alphabet blocks. These simple toys teach so many concepts such as letters, building, shapes and of course sharing with others.
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Box Of Crayons Ornament

$21.99

A new box of crayons is a special treat for artists ages 0-99. Cherish memories of making priceless works of art with kids with this special ornament. Many masterpieces have been created with these colored wax sticks, adorning the fridge and scrapbooks.
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Doctor's Coat Ornament

$21.99

Doctors study and work very hard to earn the opportunity to wear a laboratory coat. While this coat s purpose is to simply protect the doctor s clothing and act as a simple uniform, the symbolism of the coat is greater than its function.
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Teacher's Apple Ornament

$19.99

A beautiful, ripe apple is a traditional gift to a favorite teacher. It started years ago in New England when teachers were usually paid in foodstuffs. This glass apple, perched on a stack of books, makes a perfect thank you gift or keepsake for a special teacher.
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Congrats Graduate Ornament

$21.99

Successfully completing a course of studies to graduate from high school or college is a significant accomplishment. This beautiful, handcrafted glass "Congrats Graduate!" ornament makes a perfect keepsake to commemorate this important event.
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Calculator Ornament

$21.99

Whether you re doing your homework, remodeling your kitchen or baking a cake, your calculator is a handy tool to have at the ready. Everyone appreciates this small machine's ability to process a long string of numbers and mathematical operations. We love them so much, even our phones come equipped with them!
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Stack Of Books Ornament

$24.99

Filled with information, books expand our knowledge and offer new insights. Through literature, books offer inspiration and excitement. They spark imagination and enrich our lives. This ornament makes a wonderful gift for any book lover or scholar.
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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.

Time-Honored Christmas Themes

You can’t go wrong with a traditional themed Christmas ornament. They are something everyone will love and there are so many options to choose from. From Santa to Snowman to a nativity scene to a gingerbread house ornament, Christmas themed ornaments are perfect for any Christmas tree.

Many Enjoy Angel Ornament Themes

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. 

For more on the history of why Christmas trees have ornaments and other Christmas-inspired tidbits, visit the Old World Christmas blog!

How Christmas Ornaments Are Made Today

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. We also have custom ornaments available so you can add a personal touch.

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