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Sitting Penguin Chick Ornament

$14.99

With their distinctive black and white coloring and awkward waddle, penguins look like little comedians wearing tuxedos. Although they live in the Antarctic, they are considered to be Santa’s friends since these playful birds favor snow and ice. From assortment 16102.
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Baby Elephant Ornament

$19.99

Elephants are highly intelligent and sensitive creatures, hence the popular phrase An elephant never forgets. Elephants have strong emotional ties to their group and family members, so when a baby elephant cries, the others come to soothe and comfort it.
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Vintage Squirrel Ornament

$21.99

Inspired by our favorite forest friends, the Vintage Woodland Collection is made from blown glass and decorated to replicate the mercury finish of traditional Victorian ornaments. With their rustic charm and simple beauty, these pieces invite the seasonal spirit of the natural world into your home. This realistic-looking squirrel is the perfect wildlife ornament for any lover of the outdoors.
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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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Sitting Wolf Ornament

$21.99

Wolves are featured in the legends of many countries. In European fairy tales, wolves are often portrayed as cunning and evil. But in other cultures, including many Native American tribes, wolves are viewed as wise, resourceful, and intelligent. Like the Native People, wolves choose their mates wisely and do not part until death, making the two spiritually entwined.
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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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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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Koala Bear Ornament

$17.99

Living in the trees of Australia is one of the world's most lovable animals, the Koala Bear. With a round face, big nose, and fluffy ears, the Koala has often been used as a model for teddy bears. But these "bears" actually aren't bears at all, they are marsupials. Once hunted for their thick fur, Koalas are now a protected species.
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Large Elephant Ornament

$24.99

Elephants have long been symbols of strength, fidelity, wisdom, protection, and prosperity. In many cultures they are considered sacred animals. When shown with their trunks up, elephants are believed to bring good luck, and even to be the granters of wishes.
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Hippopotamus Ornament

$19.99

The hippopotamus is the third largest land animal and is native to Africa. Its name comes from the Greek words hippos meaning horse and patamos meaning river since its cries sound similar to a horse’s neighing and it spends much of its time in the water.
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Raccoon Ornament

$17.99

Raccoons are recognizable by their masked faces and bushy tails. Intelligent and mild mannered, they are good climbers and swimmers, and will fight bravely if cornered. With their nimble hands, raccoons can easily open doors and containers, which gets them into mischief!
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Humpback Whale Ornament

$24.99

The humpback whale is distinctive because of its immense size and breaching behaviors. The whales weigh up to 80,000 pounds and some reach 52 feet long! Males are especially fascinating for their complex songs, lasting 10-20 minutes. Migrating up to 16,000 miles each year humpbacks fascinate whale watchers from the polar waters to the tropics.
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Stingray Ornament

$19.99

Stingrays are related to sharks and are common in temperate seas around the world. Their unique flat body allows them to conceal themselves in the sand. They swim by undulating their bodies or flapping their sides like wings. Stingrays are usually shy and docile, but will "sting" when stepped on in shallow water.
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Manatee Ornament

$17.99

Manatees are large, gentle sea mammals that live in warm coastal seas and water ways. Legends of mermaids most likely came from sightings of long-tailed manatees, who cradle their young in their arms. Manatees are very rare and an endangered species.
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Playful Dolphin Ornament

$17.99

Dolphins are nature's ambassadors. Dolphins seem to reverse the law of the wild, seeking humans, rather than fleeing from them. Those who encounter the playful and gentle dolphin often describe feelings of love and friendship that seem to emanate from this marine mammal.
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Shark Ornament

$17.99

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. Want to add some prey to go with this apex predator? Check out our other fish ornaments.
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Little Elephant Ornament

$19.99

Elephants have long been symbols of strength, fidelity, wisdom, protection, and prosperity. In many cultures they are considered sacred animals. When shown with their trunks up, elephants are believed to bring good luck, and even to be the granters of wishes. Give this zoo animal ornament to the animal lover in your life.
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Howling Wolf Ornament

$17.99

Wolves are featured in the myths and legends of many countries. In European fairy tales, wolves are often portrayed as cunning and evil. But in other cultures, including many Native American tribes, wolves are viewed as wise, resourceful, and intelligent creatures. Like the Native People, wolves choose their mates wisely and do not part until death, making the two spiritually entwined.
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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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