Long ago when parents decorated the Christmas tree they hung the pickle ornament last, hiding it in the green boughs. When the children were allowed to view the tree, they would begin searching for the pickle ornament because they knew they would receive an extra gift for being the most observant.
Whether sweet or dill, pickles are one of America's favorite snacks, condiments, and accompaniments. The pickle's tangy flavors can be savored when eaten fresh from the jar, as relish on a hot dog, or as chips on a cheeseburger or sandwich. Americans eat over 2.5 billion pounds of pickles per year!
Legend has it that the first avocado was eaten by a Mayan Princess in Mexico around 300 B.C. It is also known as the alligator pear which describes the fruit s texture and pear shape. This beautiful glass ornament was carefully crafted for you to enjoy as a holiday decoration.
Long ago when parents decorated the Christmas tree, they hung the pickle ornament last, hiding it in the green boughs. When the children were allowed to view the tree, they would begin searching for the pickle ornament because they knew they would receive an extra gift for being the most observant.
Oh, the simplicity of a cornmeal-battered hot dog on a stick! Many folks claim it's invention but it was patented in 1927 by Mr. S.S. Jenkins of Buffalo, NY. Over 630,000 are sold annually at the Texas State Fair. And yellow mustard is the preferred condiment! Eat up!
Mushrooms are associated with nature and the beauty of the forest. Finding a mushroom in the woods is like finding a lucky penny good fortune is just around the corner! A mushroom ornament on your Christmas tree symbolizes a reverence for nature and the hope for good fortune in the coming year.
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.
It s not really a baby cabbage, but it's from the same family. The edible sprout was grown near Brussels, Belgium & the French brought them to Louisiana in the 18th century. There are numerous ways to prepare this healthy & tasty vegetable. They are also the weapon of choice at SantaCon, during the annual Brussel Sprout fight!
Deviled eggs are a popular appetizer during holidays. The dish dates back to Ancient Rome when it was served as a first course for the wealthy. Countries around the world serve deviled eggs using a wide variety of ingredients to make the dish distinctive to their culture.
Sushi was originally a Japanese method of preserving fish by combining it with rice and vinegar. Today, sushi has evolved into a popular culinary art. Though this beautifully handcrafted glass ornament is nonedible, it whimsically represents the healthy and delicious Sushi Roll.
This heavenly fruit dip was invented by the Aztecs in Mexico, and can be as simple as mashing ripe avocados & tomatoes with sea salt. Over 45 million pounds of avocado will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. Apollo 11 astronauts brought guacamole & chips with them into space. Pass the guac!
This feisty spirit can only be produced in the Jalisco region of Mexico, near the city of Tequila. Fermented blue agave honey water can be aged varying lengths of time and can be enjoyed in a margarita, on the rocks or neat. July 24th is National Tequila Day, so pour yourself a shot Tequila!
The art of winemaking was perfected around 3000 B.C. in ancient Egypt, and it spread around the world. Grapes are crushed, their juice fermented, and eventually the wine is bottled for consumers. Once considered to be a gift from the gods, wine is enjoyed at celebrations large and small.
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.
This beautiful glass ornament was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, the ornament was delicately hand-painted with many brightly colored lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
Acorns have long been considered good luck symbols. They also represent the rebirth of life, which is where we get the old saying: From little acorns come mighty oaks. Celebrate life and good luck by hanging this glass acorn ornament on your Christmas tree!
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! The lemon is prized for its vibrant yellow color as a beautiful addition to any holiday or culinary display. It has a sour taste, however, so the tart flavor of a lemon, like life itself, is enhanced and enjoyed with some sweetener.
Mushrooms remind us of nature and the beauty of the forest. Finding a mushroom in the woods is like finding a lucky penny; good fortune is just around the corner! A mushroom ornament on your Christmas tree symbolizes a reverence for nature and the hope for good fortune in the coming year.
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.
Blackberries are lovely edible soft fruit. The sweet fruit grows on a prickly, thorny shrub that grows extensively if not maintained. Picking blackberries may result in a few scrapes and scratches but the reward is a delicious sweet treat that s good fresh, frozen, baked or jammed!
The Tomato, also known as a love apple is as popular to grow and eat as it is decorative. Years ago, it s beautiful red and green colors made it a natural choice for early mold makers and glassblowers who wanted to create a festive ornament. It s still a favorite on the Christmas tree today.
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.
For centuries, coffee has been a favorite beverage around the world. In today's fast-paced culture, "coffee-to-go" has become increasingly popular. Now to the delight of coffee drinkers, many drive-thru venders offer premium coffee and espresso beverages in a timely and convenient fashion.
Harvested in autumn, ripe orange pumpkins are associated with fall holidays and festivals. For Halloween, they are carved as Jack O Lanterns. For Thanksgiving, pumpkins symbolize the bounty of the harvest and are the main ingredient of a favorite holiday treat pumpkin pie!
Avocado toast is a perfect morning meal composed of a slice of warm crunchy toast topped with creamy avocado. It's a food trend that is here to stay. This open face sandwich can be served with its two simple ingredients or dressed up with spices, cheese, hummus and anything else a cook can dream!
This sweet, edible, tuberos root is a member of the morning glory family. The first Europeans to taste this delicious vegetable were Christopher Columbus explorers in 1492. Soon after, sweet potatoes could be found around the world.
The history of cheese predates recorded history. Cheese is valued for its long shelf life and high levels of fat, protein and calcium. With hundreds of varieties, it is hard to choose just one. This ornament is a perfect gift for a cheese lover, cheese head or cheesemonger!
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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