From construction sites to do-it-yourself projects, a toolbox is a true necessity. Toolboxes organize, carry and protect tools. The toolbox ornament makes a great gift for a favorite builder, craftsman or handyman who will undoubtedly cherish the memories of building, repairing and helping each year as they hang the ornament on their Christmas tree.
With age comes wisdom, specifically wisdom teeth, the third set of molars. The term molar tooth comes from the Latin word meaning millstone tooth; it perfectly explains the molar s function. Reminisce tooth fairy tales as you hang the tooth ornament upon your tree. Or, give a personalized gift to a dental professional.
Photography is one of the most popular hobbies today. Camera technology has allowed amateurs to spectacularly capture moments and images with professional quality. Celebrate the photographer in your family whether it be mom, dad or a professional with this camera ornament.
The power drill is a basic tool found in most every tool box, allowing the handyman or woman to save time and energy using electrical or battery power. From construction sites to home projects, they are a true necessity. This beautiful glass power drill ornament makes a great gift for a favorite builder, craftsman or carpenter.
Scrubs are worn by surgeons, nurses, physicians and other medical care providers in hospitals. Originally designed as sanitary clothing for surgeons to wear as they scrubbed in for surgery. Now, they are worn by many hospital personnel.
What could be better than that childhood favorite a shiny, bright red Fire Truck! Toymakers often turned real-life items into toys for children, so they could learn as they played. A child could imagine being a heroic firefighter bravely battling danger.
This beautiful glass ornament honors the profession which provides such important service to others and it makes a perfect gift for a favorite nurse! It was mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold, and a solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Then it was hand-painted and glittered for you to enjoy!
The Scales of Justice stands for truth, fairness, and that everyone is to be treated equally under the law. The symbolism of the scales balancing at equal serves as a reminder that all citizens have the same rights and are to be treated without prejudice.
Moving into your first or a dream home is a huge achievement. Box moving trucks are a symbol of beginning a new chapter of your life and making a new house a home. Traveling with all your belongings across town, the state or the country is most efficiently done with a moving truck.
Since the 1590s, this word refers to "an avid reader, " eagerly devouring book after book, a person devoted to studying, from Atticus Finch to Hermione Granger & Jo March. Whether in print or on an e-reader, who doesn't love to snuggle up with a good book? Our blown-glass Bookworm Christmas ornament makes a wonderful gift for every voracious reader you know!
When the Wright Brothers made the first flight they could only imagine the millions of people traveling around the world by planes each year. Flying is a remarkable feat of engineering, making our world more accessible and connected than ever before. This ornament makes a great gift for the flying enthusiast, frequent traveler, pilot and flight crew.
A chef s hat is also known as a toque. Chefs began wearing these hats to blend in with the monks, by wearing similar shaped hats, as they sought refuge in the monasteries. Chefs were being persecuted for their creativity. The hats have remained a symbol of the profession.
The steam locomotive symbolizes the many journeys we've taken, whether in real life or emotionally as we grow and mature. The train is a symbol of adventure and discovering new places. The journey is as important as the destination. All aboard!
For centuries, firefighters have used helmets to protect their heads while risking their lives to extinguish flames. While the shape and materials have changed throughout the time, the fireman s helmet has always been a symbol of these heroes.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, 4 days after Apollo 11 was launched. They spent about 3 hours on the surface, gathered rock and dirt samples, planted an American flag and left a sign that said, We came in peace for all mankind. The Eagle has landed.
For many, braces are a stage of life. While most people would not choose braces, they would choose a straight smile with healthy, strong teeth. Braces give people that result! This ornament is a great gift for the orthodontist or braces wearer in your life.
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 caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology; it was said that his wand could wake the sleeping or put the awake to sleep. In North America, this is often used as a symbol for healthcare and the medical profession. This makes a lovely gift for every medical practitioner you know.
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.
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!
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Mail carriers work dutifully and diligently to ensure our mail and packages arrive safely to our mailbox, just like Santa. Ho Ho Ho!
When making films, a Director's Board, or clapboard, is used to help align the sound with the film. Combined with a chalkboard for the details of the next take, the clapboard is filmed briefly at the start of the take and traditionally has diagonally striped lines to ensure a clear visual of the clap.
Beekeeping is an ancient practice, which dates back millennia. Bees aren't naturally aggressive but they can get defensive if they think their hive is under attack. The wise apiarist wears protective clothing including gloves and a netted hood.
Pets become members of our family and so it is essential to seek the very best health care professionals for our beloved pets. A veterinarian must have an incredible working knowledge of common pets and livestock to serve communities. These individuals are to be respected and appreciated.
The earliest microscopes were called flea glasses as they were originally used to study small bugs. The first microscope was invented by Hans and Zacharius Jansen in the 1600s and has gone through numerous improvements over the centuries. Today, we can see an entire universe of minute organisms, thanks to this ingenious device.
The little red School House was a common sight in small towns throughout the United States in the 1800s and early 1900s. With few supplies, books or individual chalkboards, all students from the first grade through the eighth were tutored by the same teacher in one simple room.
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.
Plan an excursion for half a day or longer, whether it's a fishing expedition or a "3 hour tour" with family and friends. Take a relaxing cruise on the "Nauti or Nice" this holiday season and St. Nick will be your captain.
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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