Pickup Trucks were developed as a durable and reliable replacement for hauling goods by horse and cart, and they quickly became invaluable to farmers, businesses, and the military. In this whimsical glass ornament, a trusty old pickup is used to bring home the family Christmas tree.
The Donkey signifies patience, courage, meekness and gentleness. According to Christian legends, donkeys originally had unmarked hides, but after Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a kind donkey, they all received the mark of the cross on their back as a reminder of their service.
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!
Since the Stone Age, mankind has relied on this amazingly useful tool. Today it s a simple steel head attached to a wooden handle, and comes in a variety of sizes depending on your chopping needs. The hatchet is a single-handed axe, ideal for splitting firewood. Need to fell a tree? Use a regular two-handed axe. Timber!
The Horse is a noble animal that represents loyalty, courage, grace, and speed. Whether it is ridden in a competition, rodeo, on the ranch or on the trail, cowboys and cowgirls have always appreciated the value of a good horse.
Quarter horses are a common horse breed in America. Exceptionally versatile, they are easy to train and are adopted as pets, compete in rodeo events or as a cowboy s transportation for gathering livestock. No matter the use for a quarter horse, the common theme is that they provide a special kinship to their rider.
Woof, Woof! Merry Christmas from the Christmas Corgi! Christmas becomes even more magical and blessed with the addition of a Corgi dog. Man s best friend brings energy, affection and companionship to this sacred time of the year.
Pygmy Goats originated in western Africa and were first imported to the U.S. in the 1950s. Due to their friendly, good-natured personalities and hardiness, these goats are popular as cooperative providers of milk, ecologically effective browsers and pets.
Built for riding, Western style boots are very practical. High heels keep them from slipping through the stirrups, and the stitching makes them stronger and more attractive! This glass ornament brings a bit of the cowboy, (or cowgirl!), culture to your Christmas tree.
Built for riding, Cowboy Boots are as practical as they are beautiful. High heels keep the boots from slipping through the stirrups, and the stitching makes the boots more attractive and stronger too. This delightful glass ornament brings a bit of the cowboy culture to your tree.
A revolver is a multi-shot firearm and was originally called a revolving gun. The revolver has evolved since its inception in the 16th century. The revolver has been portrayed in western movies as the weapon of choice for cowboys conquering the Wild West. Guns are highly collectible for their function and design.
The horse is a noble animal representing loyalty, courage, grace, and speed. On the evening of December 5th and on the day of December 6th, Saint Nicholas himself rides upon a beautiful white steed traveling throughout parts of northern Europe.
Painted in traditional barn red and white, with chickens, a cow, and an old-fashioned tractor parked beside it, it s a typical day in the farmyard. The Barn ornament reminds us of American life on the farm and traditional country values honesty, hard work, and love of the land.
In the 1800s, when pioneers migrated westward, no roads existed, just rough trails. People traveled in wooden horse drawn wagons covered with white canvas known as prairie schooners. They served as the homes for the families during their trip, as well as carrying all their possessions.
According to legend the rooster has only crowed once at mid-night. This was to announce the birth of the Baby Jesus. For this reason, Spanish and Latin American Countries call their midnight mass on Christmas Eve the Mass of the Rooster, or Misa del Gallo.
The Clydesdale is a magnificent and hardworking draft horse known for its strength and versatility. Derived from strong farm horses of the Clydesdale region of Scotland, they have been used for pulling heavy loads for over 300 years. Intelligent and agreeable, the Clydesdale makes a wonderful work partner.
For centuries, this prize meant you were the best. French knights wore them & the Cordon Bleu was named after them. Later it was awarded to passenger ships with the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing time. And of course, this has been given to winners at the racetrack & local county fair.
Built for riding, Cowboy Boots are as practical as they are beautiful. High heels keep the boots from slipping through the stirrups, and the stitching makes the boots more attractive and stronger too. This delightful glass ornament brings a bit of Cowboy Christmas to your tree.
For its size, the Shetland pony is the strongest of all horse and pony breeds. They originated in the Shetland Islands as work horses. They are intelligent, gentle and extremely hardy. Shetland ponies make great pets and companions.
Friesian horses get their name from their origin. First bred in Friesland, in the Netherlands, these horses resemble cart horses and Clydesdales, but are more graceful and nimble. Often used by knights, kings and in war, today the breed is often used in dressage.
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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