A basic necessity of life today, toilet paper is taken for granted by many. Before toilet paper was produced, people used stones, leaves and sand for hygiene. The first toilet paper was produced in China during the 6th century. And the first use in the USA was in 1857.
Bernie Sanders swept the nation with his attire for the frigid temperatures during the 2021 presidential inauguration. Memes had every American laughing. Now Bernie is ready for the Christmas season; he's added a strand of Christmas lights for festivities. Remember this lighthearted moment for years to come as family gathers around the tree to see where Bernie pops up that year.
This critter is the original tree-hugger, whose prehistoric ancestors were the size of an elephant! Although arboreal by design, sloths love to swim and are faster in the water than on land. Their rough fur is often covered in bugs & algae, both of which make fantastic camouflage. Let s all climb a tree & take a nap!
If you want to travel the world, you ll need your valid passport at the ready! Issued by the US State Department, this little booklet is not just an official document; it s a wonderful memento of places visited around the globe. You can be a citizen of the world with this handy credential. Bon voyage!
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.
If you ve ever been on a cruise ship, you ve probably heard staff saying Washy, washy or no yummy, yummy! as they squirt sanitizer in your hands. Hand sanitizer is a liquid, gel or foam used to decrease germs and bacteria on the hands.
Jolly St. Nick is ready to kick COVID to the curb by getting his vaccine. Santa and his team of elves are ready to return to their traditional Christmastime festivities. Christmas is the time to share joy, love and spend time with loved ones. May your year be filled with good health and good cheer!
A Guinea Pig is neither from Guinea nor a pig. The pig part of their name is found in German and Russian translations. Years ago, as people set sail for the New World, they gathered provisions including little sea pigs. Today, Guinea Pigs are kept as pets.
Getting behind the wheel of a car is a big responsibility and a huge right of passage in the American culture. After years of observing others driving, and months of studying and practice, a new driver is given a license and full access to the roads. Congratulations, new driver! Enjoy the open road!
In the Pacific Northwest s wilderness roams a hairy, ape-like creature and leaving footprints. Depictions often portray Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot as a cross between humans and apes. Whether this animal exists or not, it is worth keeping a watchful eye out when traipsing through the forest.
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.
Our decorative ornament hooks are a wonderful way to beautifully and safely hang your Old World Christmas ornaments on your tree. Each gold finished swirl ornament hook securely attaches to your tree branch or bough, so there's no need to worry about your beloved blown-glass ornaments falling off! Each box includes 24 spiral ornament hangers. Happy Decorating!
Gardens sustain us with their delicious bounty of fruits, herbs and vegetables. They heal us with medicinal plants and inspire us by providing beautiful flowers. Honor your favorite gardener with this beautiful glass Garden Trowel ornament.
Not only is it fun to spend your summer days in and around the pool, but swimming reduces stress levels, boosts mood, strengthens muscles, improves sleep and lowers risk for numerous diseases. Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen and goggles now! Last one in is a rotten egg!
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!
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.
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.
Buzz! Bees hold the world together. Their cross-pollination keeps crops and wild plants thriving. These hard-workers are the only insect to produce food eaten by man, honey. It's not all sweetness; when provoked, they can deliver a sharp sting.
A dumbbell is a type of free weight used to build muscular strength and endurance. The term dumbbell comes to us from England in the 1700s when a poet described it as similar to an apparatus for ringing a church bell but with no bell, so the noiseless, dumb bell term was created.
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.
Filled with sugar water, feeders provide supplemental energy to the tiny birds, so that they can hunt for insects and spiders (their main protein source). Feeders are often hung near windows, so that we can better enjoy watching these fanciful flyers.
Packed full of essentials for a day at the beach, the beach bag is a functional and fashionable part of every trip to the beach. Load up a towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and beach toys and you re set for a day of fun in the sun!
Known by many names, such as Straw and Ghost, this nocturnal hunter consumes about 4 rodents a night. They mate for life, and have a distinct screech. Its powerful eyesight & sensitive hearing make the owl a successful bird of prey.
The buffalo symbolized abundance, generosity of spirit, and the sacredness of life to native North American tribes. Buffalo meat, hides, and bones were used for food, shelter, clothing, and tools. Buffalo freely roamed the plains in huge herds prior to the westward expansion of the U.S.
Dogs selflessly give humans their unconditional love and loyalty. Throughout history, dogs have been faithful friends and workmates, even giving their lives to protect or rescue their owners. No wonder dogs are considered man s best friend.
Camping is a very popular outdoor activity. Cooking or telling stories around a crackling fire is a favorite part of the experience. This beautiful glass Campfire ornament makes a great gift for any camping enthusiast.
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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