A microphone or mic converts sounds into electrical signals allowing the sound to be projected. Microphones are used in a variety of settings to allow more people to enjoy sounds of music, speeches, and performances. The microphone ornament is the perfect gift for the performer in your life.
Nutcrackers were first carved by commoners as a joke because it was considered fun to make a little wooden king or soldier do the menial work of cracking the tough nuts. Today, nutcrackers are often associated with the Christmas holidays due to their whimsical nature and the very popular Nutcracker Suite Ballet.
Bartolomeo Cristofori of Padua, Italy, invented the piano in the early 18th century; Mozart & others composed masterworks on the pianoforte. Over the centuries, the piano has developed to include the current Grand variation used by orchestras around the world. The Baby Grand measures 5' or less, making it more suitable for residential use.
The Ukulele is a Hawaiian version of a Portuguese stringed instrument brought to the islands by immigrants in the 19th century. It quickly became Hawaii's most popular musical instrument, and a favorite of King Kalkaua. The name Ukulele roughly translates to "jumping flea" because of the player's rapid finger movements.
Headphones are a pair of small loudspeakers worn over a listener s ears. The first headphones were developed in the late 19th century for telephone operators so they could keep their hands free to connect calls. Today s headphones allow individuals to enjoy music, movies, podcasts and other forms of education and entertainment without disturbing other people.
The violin evolved from string instruments dating back as far as 5000B.C. Played with a bow and made from hardwoods that allow the sound to resonate, it s beautiful, clear, soprano tones soar above the other instruments in the symphony. Long a favorite among listeners, it is also a traditional solo instrument.
The Comedy & Tragedy masks have symbolized the theater for decades and originate from Greek theater. Actors wore masks with exaggerated expressions so people sitting far off could see the character s emotions. The masks also allowed actors to play multiple characters. Masks were designed with enlarged mouths so actors could easily talk and project their voices.
Tchaikovsky s famous ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, tells the story of Clara, who is given a nutcracker for Christmas. She falls asleep and dreams it has come to life. After a battle with the Mouse King, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel through a snowy forest to the magical Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the lovely Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Clarinet evolved from an earlier single-reed, woodwind instrument in the late 1600's. It was improved over the years, and Mozart was the first composer to use the clarinet in a symphony. With its lovely and unique sound, the clarinet is equally at home in orchestras and swing or jazz bands.
Also known as the bass violin, the cello is the 2nd largest string instrument, after the double bass. This soulful instrument emerged in the early 16th century and was originally held between the musician's legs; later the endpin was added as much more comfortable support.
The Saxophone was invented by and named for Antoine-Joseph Sax, who was an expert instrument maker and talented musician. Introduced in Paris and patented in 1846, the Saxophone has since become a necessity in every band due to its tonal beauty and versatility.
Flutes appeared in every culture and exist in many forms today as folk instruments. In Western culture, the flute has evolved into the metal, keyed instrument we know today. The concert flute is a precision woodwind that uses a system of keys to produce beautiful tones.
Relive the magic of the Nutcracker Suite every Christmas with our blown glass ornament collection, which includes: Sugar Plum Fairy, Pair of Ballet Slippers, Clara, Mouse King, Nutcracker Prince and Drosselmayer. Each collection is packaged in a keepsake box, which is great for storage. Our Nutcracker Suite Collection makes a memorable gift for all the children in your life.
The Banjo probably evolved from African string instruments, which lead to the development of the modern banjo in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Banjo has a distinctive sound associated with bluegrass, country and folk music styles.
Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-da! A toy xylophone is usually the first musical instrument given to a child. Versions of this percussion instrument are recognizable around the world. Its name in Greek means wood sound. Musicians, children and toy collectors are among the many who will love to hang the toy xylophone ornament on a Christmas tree.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let Earth receive her king. This song tells the story of and the true meaning of Christmas. One can almost hear heaven and angels sing this beautiful song as the ornament is hung on the tree.
Horns are an important part of an old-fashioned Christmas. According to legend, loud noises frightened evil spirits away during the cold winter solstice, so festivals with noisemaking were popular. In the 19th century, bands of horn-players paraded through streets banishing all sorrow and welcoming Christmas.
The tuba is the largest and lowest-pitched musical instrument in the brass family. It is also the newest part of the symphony orchestra, showing up in the 19th century. It takes a lot of breath to play the tuba because it is one of the loudest instruments.
The Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet is one of the most familiar, loved and performed pieces of theater of all time. The story of two young, star-crossed lovers from feuding families teaches that love can conquer all but, for the young couple, it is tragically too late.
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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