Santa has traded in his sleigh for a kayak to explore the beautiful scenery along the water. Santa loves the exercise and the opportunity to update his nice and naughty list with children who live along the water s edge. Ho! Ho! Ho!
A Royal Flush is a poker hand containing the ace, king, queen, jack, and of the same suit. A combination of a flush (all cards in the same suit), and a straight (5 cards in numerical sequence) the Royal Flush is the highest ranking hand in poker. The odds of being dealt a royal flush are 1 in 649,740.
Burning a Yule Log is a tradition celebrated in many countries around Christmastime. Since fire serves as a source of warmth and light during the cold darkness of winter, a special large log is burned to symbolize rebirth in the new year, and to remind us of the heavenly light that shone at Christ s birth.
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!
For centuries it was believed that the eagle could look directly in the sun and that it was reborn by diving into a fountain. Christians adopted this symbolism, comparing the eagle looking into the sun to Christ looking at His Father and the fountain as the renewal of the soul through baptism. Today, an eagle may often be spied on the baptismal fonts in older churches.
Originally intended to cover a nurse's hair for hygienic purposes, the Nurse's Cap became an object of pride for nursing students. Receiving a cap was an important achievement! No longer mandatory, it still symbolizes the nursing profession and is a distinctive symbol representing service to others.
In the Victorian era, infants were dressed in miniature versions of adult clothing. At their most relaxed, babies were dressed in white gowns. It wasn t until the 1950s that Walter Artzt designed the first baby onesie, creating a comfy & simple way to keep infants cozy.
This glass Volleyball ornament makes a great gift for any sports enthusiast. It 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 brightly colored lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
Love is in the air when you can smell a fresh cup of coffee brewing. To keep that coffee fresh, foil-lined bags protect and preserve roasted coffee so that it can be best enjoyed by the drinker. Morning, noon or night coffee awakens the mind, body and spirit.
Santa works very hard and has a really big job. Every once in a while, however, he likes to take a vacation. Since the North Pole is so cold and blustery most of the year, what could be better than a getaway to a warm, sunny beach for some fun and great surfing?
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.
Known for its playfulness and bushy tail, the squirrel is found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Its tail can be used for balance, as a form of parachute when falling from a high tree, or as a blanket in cold weather.
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!
A blended coffee is the perfect combination where a bitter coffee meets sweet, rich milk, ice and whipped cream to create a most delicious treat. Typically made with espresso, coffee lovers will travel out of their way and wait in line for the chance to savor a blended coffee each morning.
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 peacock's grandeur and stateliness are the reasons for its association with royalty. It was believed to guard the Tree of Life, therefore, kings sat upon thrones decorated with peacock motifs. Additionally, the elegant peacock represents beauty, prosperity, love, compassion and peace.
The chain saw is a versatile portable power saw that can be used for pruning tree limbs, cutting firewood, felling entire trees or creating a piece of wooden art! This unique glass Chain Saw ornament makes a great gift for a woodsman, arborist or artist!
The triceratops roamed what is now North America millions of years ago. The term triceratops means three-horned face, making it one of the most recognizable dinosaurs. The modern rhinoceros has striking similarities to the triceratops, both have large bony frill, three horns and four-legged body.
Snow skiing dates back thousands of years. Originally used as a means of traveling in the snow, skiing has evolved into one of the most popular winter sports. Skiing requires grace and strength, and also requires good equipment, including sturdy boots. The glass Ski Boots ornament makes a great gift for any ski enthusiast.
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.
In the Middle Ages, guests brought sweet buns that were placed in a pile over which the bride and groom kissed. The taller the pile, the more prosperous the couple. This evolved into the tiered cake we know today. This Wedding Cake ornament serves as a keepsake of the special day or anniversary.
Green is the color of spring, a season of new growth when flowers begin to bloom. Water represents life-giving bounty and purification, so this Watering Can ornament symbolizes the renewal of life, new possibilities, and the hope for a bountiful future.
Delicious and slightly exotic, American Chinese cuisine is extremely popular in the United States. In fact, there are nearly three times as many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. as there are McDonalds! Instantly recognizable, uniquely shaped and printed boxes are often used for Chinese takeout.
Many years ago, Chinese emperors kept rare animals within their palace gardens, and the most treasured were the pandas. The Chinese poet Bai Joyo wrote that the panda had magical powers which could ward off evil spirits and natural disasters, and prevent disease. Today, pandas are still well-loved and extremely rare.
Long ago, when toys were scarce and neighbors could be miles away, children looked forward to snowfalls with great anticipation. This wonderful gift from heaven afforded them the opportunity to create a new companion their very own snowman!
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 .
Gone Fishing are an angler's favorite words. The beautiful Rainbow Trout is one of the most popular sport fish. However, fishing isn't just the thrill of a tight line with a strong fish on, but a sport that teaches patience, respect for the environment, and gives an insight into the value of life.
Cookies have been popular for centuries, and Sandwich Cookies, with their sweet, creamy filling between two crisp cookie wafers, have been an American favorite for over years. So whether you eat them whole, dunked in milk, or twist them apart to eat the filling first, the Sandwich Cookie is a delightful treat.
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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