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Peppermint Angelfish Ornament

$14.99

The Peppermint Angelfish can be found swimming near coral rubble, overhangs and caves situated in the steep outer slopes of reefs in the Central Pacific Ocean. The peppermint angelfish grows to just seven centimeters. Occasionally extracted for aquarium life, the peppermint angelfish comes at a high price of $30,000!
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Koi Yellow Spots Ornament

$19.99

Koi, or Nishikigoi, are the ultimate pond or garden fish. They have been carefully bred for many years, and have been called the national fish of Japan. Often referred to as Living Jewels or works of art, Koi are traditionally considered lucky and are regarded as symbols of love and friendship. From Assortment 12259.
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Red Starfish Ornament

$17.99

The starfish is also known as the sea star. With its star shape, it shares an association with the heavens, although it lives in the ocean. Since it is a celestial symbol which thrives, rather than drowns, under the water, it represents pure and inextinguishable love. From Assortment 12040.
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Pink/yellow Tropical Angelfish Ornament

$17.99

Fish are a common thread connecting numerous stories in the Bible, and today their symbol focuses on the religious origins of Christmas. Fish signify Christ’s miracles and, like Christ, provide nourishment and sustain life. Fish represent the messages of the Christmas season renewal of life, rejuvenation, and love. From assortment 12383
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Orange Sea Horse Ornament

$17.99

In Ancient Greece and Rome, sea horses were believed to pull the chariots of the sea gods. With this association, they symbolized the power of the water. Superstition held that they also protected against fever. Today, sea horses remain good luck symbols for fishermen. From Assortment 12039.
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Purple Sea Urchin Ornament

$17.99

Sea Urchins are colorful sea creatures related to starfish and sea cucumbers. A favorite find in tide pools, Sea Urchins may seem lifeless, but their spines quickly respond to any touch. Sea Urchins have hundreds of tiny, tubed feet and five teeth in the middle of their back side to eat algae and sea-weed. From Assortment 12254.
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Red Squid Ornament

$17.99

Like so many other animals in the ocean, there is so much left to learn about the red squid. The ocean feels like a vast world with so many unknowns and mysteries. Scientists devote their lives to exploring this great unknown and unraveling the mysteries of the water.
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Coral Reef Ornament

$27.99

Coral reefs are underwater ecosystems that many tropical fish and other animals call home. The beauty and uniqueness of coral reefs attracts the eyes of tourists, snorkelers and oceanographers alike. Coral reefs grow most commonly in tropical marine areas. Aquariums offer exhibits to bring the tropics around the world.
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Pacific Halibut Ornament

$19.99

Found along the continental shelf of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, Pacific Halibut are large bottom-dwelling flat fish. Their name comes from haly (holy) and butt (flat fish) because they are commonly eaten during Catholic holy-days. Their diamond-shaped body is typically three times longer than it is wide. What a catch!
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Horseshoe Crab Ornament

$14.99

Did you know a horseshoe crab is not a crab, but more closely related to spiders? These bottom-dwelling coastal creatures have a fascinating anatomy with four eyes, twelve legs and a tiny set of pinchers. Horseshoe crabs bury themselves in mud and sand to feast on clams, worms and other small creatures.
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Hermit Crab Ornament

$15.99

Despite their name and reputation, hermit crabs are social creatures and can live together in pairs or groups. A hermit crab’s reputation is known for being independent, reclusive and anti-social. Perhaps this ornament is the perfect gift for the hermit crab in your life.
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Seashell Mermaid Ornament

$19.99

In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
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Tetra Fish Ornament

$14.99 $7.49

The tetra is a beautiful freshwater fish, native to the warm waters of Africa, Central America and South America. Popular pets, the incredible colors and beauty of this fish will make a fish tank sparkle. And, the tetra fish ornament will make your Christmas tree sparkle too.
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Great White Shark Ornament

$27.99

Found in coastal waters of all major oceans, the great white shark is known for its incredible size. Female sharks grow to 20 feet long and weigh in at 4,200 pounds. Great whites are the largest predatory fish. The great white s size isn t the only intimidating feature, they have 300 razor-like teeth! Swimmers beware!
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Beluga Whale Ornament

$19.99

One of the most recognizable whale species, the beluga whale is known for its white color and melon head. The beluga whale s nicknames include sea canary and squid hound. Belugas live in pods of three to 200 along the coastal region of the Arctic Ocean then travel south as the winter ice forms.
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Catfish Ornament

$16.99

Fish on! Catfish are named for the prominent barbels on their face that resemble a cat’s whiskers. These nocturnal and diurnal animals are often active during the twilight hours and at night. Catfish can range in size from parasitic to 770 pounds!
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Narwhal Ornament

$19.99

Swimming the icy waters of the Arctic Sea, narwhals are known for the long, thin tusk adorning their heads. The seemingly useless tusk is not used for hunting or fighting. Long ago narwhal sightings reinforced the belief of unicorns. Imagine stumbling upon a washed-up tusk on shore, thinking you’d found a unicorn horn!
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Shrimp Ornament

$17.99

Shrimp are the fruit of the sea. Broiled, barbequed, steamed, baked, or sautéd, the list goes on and on. Any way you make it, shrimp are bound to be a popular dish. The shrimp ornament is an excellent gift for a seafood fanatic, fisherman or ocean lover.
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Hammerhead Shark

$19.99

Sharks have been living in the oceans for 350 million years. They are incredibly sensitive to sounds, scents, and vibrations making them efficient hunters. Sharks help to maintain the balance in fish species without sharks many fish become scarce because they are eaten by fish that sharks usually feed on.
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Goldfish Ornament

$14.99

Fish are a common thread connecting numerous stories in the Bible, and today their symbol focuses on the religious origins of Christmas. Fish signify Christ’s miracles and, like Christ, provide nourishment and sustain life. Fish represent the messages of the Christmas season renewal of life, rejuvenation, and love.
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Betta Fish Ornament

$17.99

Betta Fish, originally known as Siamese fighting fish, are one of the most colorful and vibrant freshwater fish. They have been domesticated for over 800 years, and centuries of breeding have produced fish of exceptional beauty and grace with flowing fins, which makes them a favorite in aquariums.  A colorful fish ornament is the perfect addition to any Christmas tree.
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Pike Ornament

$19.99

Gone Fishing are an angler s favorite words. The Pike is a popular sport fish. However, fishing isn’t just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for nature, and gives an insight into the value of life.
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Walleye Ornament

$19.99

"Gone Fishing" are an angler's favorite words. The Walleye is one of the most popular sport fish. However, fishing isn’t just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for the environment, and gives an insight into the value of life.
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Mini Trout Ornament

$13.99

Gone Fishing are an angler s favorite words. The beautiful rainbow trout is one of the most popular sport fish. However, fishing isn’t just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for the environment, and gives insight into the value of life.
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Orca Whale Ornament

$27.99

With their distinctive black and white markings, Orcas are one of the most easily recognized marine mammals. Although referred to as whales, they are actually the largest members of the dolphin family. Native cultures have long held Orcas in high esteem, believing them to be divine messengers.
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Polar Bear With Cub

$27.99

Bears are symbols of strength and bravery, and none are more -fierce than a mother protecting her cubs. Most of the time, however, bears are gentle and good-natured, and can actually be quite playful. Because bears hibernate, they signify resurrection and the power of life over death.
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Sailfish Ornament

$27.99

Gone Fishing are an angler s favorite words. The beautiful Sailfish is the fastest fish in the ocean and a popular sport fish. But fishing isn’t just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on. It teaches patience, respect for the environment, and appreciation of the value of life.
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Largemouth Bass Ornament

$17.99

Gone Fishing are an angler s favorite words. Known for its large size and strength, the Largemouth Bass is a favorite game fish. However, fishing isn’t just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for nature, and gives an insight into the value of life.
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Small Turtle Ornament

$9.99

In the story The Tortoise and the Hare, turtles show us that slow and steady wins the race. Since turtles carry their homes on their backs, they are at home anywhere! When threatened, turtles can withdraw into their shells to protect themselves. Turtle ornaments remind us of the security that hearth and home offer.
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Crab Louie Ornament

$17.99

Cancer, the crab, is the fourth sign of the zodiac. People born under this sign are sensitive, traditional, and nurturing. In ancient Greece, crabs were considered to be sacred, and in many eastern countries they are a good omen. In China the crab is a symbol of wealth and a happy marriage.
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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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